AD1077: Occupational Health

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 8 x 3hr(s) Lectures; Other (self-directed study and independent research)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To understand how the working environment can affect the health of staff and how their state of health can influence work performance.
Module Content: What is occupational health?
What disciplines are involved?
Health promotion in the workplace.
Integrated health safety and wellness strategies.
Prevention of occupational ill health.
Medical assessments and support systems.
The effects of health on work and work on health.
Assessing fitness for work.
Equality, ethics and confidentiality.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Outline how occupational health fits in the context of the overall health, safety and environment management structure.
  • Articulate the benefits of good occupational health practice.
  • Describe the common types of occupational health issues that may arise.
  • Identify occupational health hazards and be familiar with the principle of risk assessment.
  • Interpret and apply the hierarchy of control to common occupational health issues.
  • Outline the role of health surveillance and how it differs from health screening.
  • Identify the principles behind integrated health, safety and wellness strategies,
  • Evaluate the different types of occupational health assessments that occur and discuss the general principles behind equality and ethics in these interactions.
  • Describe the different roles involved in EHS management systems and understand how occupational health professionals interact with other EHS team members.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay, 80 marks; 1 x 500 word occupational health audit of an organisation of your choice, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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