AD1078: Introduction to Chemical Safety and Toxicology and Occupational Hygiene

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 provide an understanding of the actions and interactions of toxicants in the human body, as well as the principles of chemical hazards and risk assessment. To introduce students to key occupational hygiene issues in the workplace.
Module Content: Introduction to toxicology and assessment of toxicity.
Introduction to basic chemistry for chemical hazards.
Introduction to basic biology for biological hazards.
Carcinogens, chemical regulations, hazard information.
Storage of Chemicals, Chemical Emergencies, Chemical Risk Assessment.
Basic Occupational Hygiene, Noise produced by particular activities and equipment, Airborne Monitoring of dusts such as silica and wood metal fumes and vapours from paints and adhesives and respiratory protection, Workplace exposure standards.
Maintaining strategies, understanding and familiarisation with basic monitoring equipment.
PPE and equipment for the control of workplace health hazards.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify the range of chemicals found in the workplace and understand the associated hazards.
  • Define routes of exposure and entry into the human body.
  • Describe the link between exposure to chemicals and the effects, response, health effects, etc. in people caused by such chemicals.
  • Explain the key principles and basic concepts of occupational hygiene practice.
  • Outline the broad range of occupational hygiene issues in the workplace.
  • Identify chemicals, physical and biological hazards to health of individuals and groups.
  • List the appropriate measuring equipment and controls for workplace health hazards.
  • Understand the process of carrying out a chemical risk assessment in the workplace.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,000 word essay, 60 marks; 1 x individual oral presentation, 40 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.

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