MSc Occupational Hygiene / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Module 6: Control Of Workplace Hazards

Unit code POPH60160
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Building on from the earlier units which have looked at anticipation, recognition and evaluation of exposures, this unit examines the ways in which exposures can be controlled.

Aims

The aim of this unit is to describe the different strategies, equipment and techniques which can be applied to control exposure.  The unit explains the purpose of exposure control and outlines the required role of the hygienist.  The unit also aims to explain the use of ventilation in industry and the key issues in their application. It covers the role of Personal and Respiratory Protective Equipment  in controlling risks to health.  It also aims to provide an understanding of what is needed for effective dermal risk assessment, the range of strategies that can be used to control dermal exposure and the techniques that can be used to develop an effective skin health surveillance system in a variety of different workplaces.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes intend to:

  • Provide an understanding of process control and the need for judgement in setting priorities.
  • Give the student an awareness of the technical factors involved in process control and the main legislative requirements.
  • Provide an understanding of the hierarchy of controls and how they are applied.
  • Enable the student to learn the principles of air movement in ventilation systems.
  • Provide an understanding of the legitimate role played by the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the control of risks to health.
  • Provide an awareness of aware of basic skin physiology and the main occupational skin diseases and how these relate to the workplace.
  • Enable to students to understand what is needed for effective dermal risk assessment.

 

Syllabus

  • Process Control Strategy
  • Ventilation
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Human Behaviours
  • Dermal Exposure

Teaching and learning methods

The unit is delivered through a blend of written materials in electronic format (PDFs) and interactive teaching material, supported by 2 tutorials.  A 3-4 day campus based course covers the practical aspects relating to units 5/6/7/8, which is held at the end of Semester 1 in Year 2.  The unit is assessed summatively via a 1-hour examination of essay style questions.

Knowledge and understanding

On completion, students should be able to:

  • Recognise key aspects of good practice in system design for local ventilation systems.
  • Understand the key aspects of managing ventilation systems used to control hazardous substances in the workplace.
  • Maintain awareness of the principles of examination and testing of ventilation systems and the operating principles utilised by general ventilation systems.
  • Understand the types of PPE available when working with hazardous chemicals and other forms of PPE available for use with some physical and mechanical risks.
  • Appreciate the range of strategies that can be used to control dermal exposure and how these fit into the hierarchy of controls.
  • Appreciate the link between human behaviour and occupational health and safety.
  • Understand the myriad of factors that influence human behaviour and the significance of behavioural change in reducing exposure to risk in the workplace.

 

Intellectual skills

On completion, students should be able to:

  • Understand the key aspects of a well-developed PPE programme.
  • Appreciate the range of strategies that can be used to motivate and perpetuate behaviour change.

 

Practical skills

On completion, students should be able to:

  • Know where to access other sources of information applicable to the control of hazards.
  • Appreciate the range of techniques that can be used for developing an effective skin health surveillance system in a variety of different workplaces.

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

On completion, students should be able to:

  • Independently gather, organise, and evaluate information from a variety of sources and develop an evidence-based approach to occupational hygiene practice.
  • Understand the influence of a wide range of factors when negotiating with others within the field of occupational hygiene
  • Be able to integrate knowledge of health, legislation, and business in the management of work-related issues affecting both individuals and groups.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Students will have an understanding of process control and the need for judgement in setting priorities.
Project management
Students will understand the influence of a wide range of factors when negotiating with others within the field of occupational hygiene.
Problem solving
Students will know the range of techniques that can be used for developing an effective health surveillance system in a variety of different workplaces.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

  • Formative assessments with automatic feedback are available throughout the unit as an aid to understanding the course materials.
  • Feedback on summative assessments is provided following ratification of results by the Examination Board.
  • Two web-conference tutorials involving small group teaching provide immediate feedback to students.

Recommended reading

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association.  The occupational Environment: its evaluation, control and management 3rd ed.  AIHA Press 2010. ISBN 9781935082156.
  • BS EN 529:2005. Respiratory protective devices. Recommendations for selection, use, care and maintenance. Guidance document. BSI 2005. ISBN 0580469085.
  • BS EN 374-3:2003. Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms. Determination of resistance to permeation by chemicals. BSI 2003. ISBN 9780580678561.
  • BS 7184:2001. Selection, use and maintenance of chemical protective clothing. Guidance. BSI 2001. ISBN 0580386147.
  • Cherrie J, Howie R, Semple S. Monitoring for Health Hazards at Work 4th ed. Wiley-Blackwell 2010. ISBN-10: 1405159626, ISBN-13: 978-1405159623.
  • COSHH Essentials: HSG 193. HSE Books 1999. ISBN 0717624218.
  • Gardiner K, Harrington JM. Occupational hygiene.  Blackwell Publishing 2005. ISBN 1405106212.
  • Gawkrodger DJ. An illustrated colour text: Dermatology. Basic Principles: Churchill Livingstone 1992.
  • HSE. HSG 258 Controlling airborne contaminants at work: A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV). HSE Books 2008. ISBN 9780717662982.
  • HSE. INDG408 Clearing the air: a simple guide to buying and using local exhaust ventilation (LEV). HSE Books 2008. ISBN 9780717663019.
  • Lunt J, Lee R, Carter L. Systematic review of preventative behavioural interventions for dermal and respiratory occupational health hazards. HSL 2007/36.

 

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1
Seminars 6
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 139

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Adrian Hirst Unit coordinator

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