BC5802: Chemical Safety and Toxicology

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
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 aims to provide an understanding of the actions and interactions of toxicants in the human body. It will examine the effects of major classes of toxicants, the principles of chemical hazards and risk assessment, and appropriate controls and prevention strategies for toxic chemicals.
Module Content: The nature and properties of toxicants and hazardous chemicals 1 and 2; Chemistry: source and fundamental concepts; Routes of exposure and entry; Understand the importance of dose; Types of toxic response; Basic metabolism of compounds; Hazard Versus Risk; Risk assessment approach; Sources of information in toxicology; Carcinogens; Solvents; Metals, Hazardous liquids and gasses; Pesticide toxicology, Assessment of toxicity; Bodily reactions; Chemical hazard assessment, control and prevention; Toxicity information; Reproductive toxicology; Hepatic toxicology; Nervous system toxicology; Thresholds and occupational exposure limits.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify the range of properties of chemicals found in the workplace;
  • Define routes of exposure and entry into the human body;
  • Describe the link between exposure to chemicals and the effects, response, health effects, symptoms etc. in man caused by such chemicals;
  • Interpret the terminology (originating from toxicology) used in chemical safety information and risk assessment;
  • Implement the principle of chemical hazard and risk assessment including carcinogen and pregnancy risk assessment;
  • Seek further information when necessary from reliable sources on any chemical agent;
  • Advise on Legislation and Codes of Practice, Standards
  • Outline factors influencing toxicity.
  • Devise appropriate evidence-based control and management strategies to ensure chemical safety in the workplace.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,250 word individual projects, 50 marks each).
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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