AD5810: 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: This module introduces students to occupational hygiene and provides them with the knowledge, understanding and skills to both understand the principles of this topic and apply it within a range of occupational settings. A systematic approach to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of occupational hazards will be introduced and practical experience with instrumentation in the assessment of the working environment will be emphasised.
Module Content: Identification and evaluation of hazards.
Maintaining strategies, understanding and familiarisation with basic monitoring equipment.
Basic occupational hygiene; the measurement of noise and vibration; the effects of ionising radiation/non-ionising radiationl control of air-borne contaminants; thermal environment; lighting.
Controls for workplace health hazards including use of PPE.
Workplace exposure standards.
Regulatory and legal obligations.
Environmental impact of workplace hazards.
Industry case studies.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain in detail the key principles and concepts of occupational hygiene practice.
  • Outline the broad range of occupational hygiene issues in the workplace.
  • Implement solutions for specific workplace issues using the occupational hygiene approach of recognition, evaluation, monitoring and control.
  • Identify chemicals, physical and biological hazards to health of individuals and groups. as well as their potential environmental impact.
  • List the appropriate measuring equipment and apply a range or measurement and analysis techniques appropriate for the most commonly encountered physical agents.
  • Identify and be able to integrate knowledge of related issues such as relevant Legislation, Codes of Practice, Standards, Health effects.
  • Identify sources of information on chemical physical and biological agents.
  • Conduct occupational hygiene assessments and relate assessment findings to occupational exposure limits and determine relevant control measures and interventions.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word case study).
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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