SAFE07048 2019 Occupational Hygiene - Control of Hazardous Substances

General Details

Full Title
Occupational Hygiene - Control of Hazardous Substances
Transcript Title
Occupational Hygiene - Control
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Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ossian Geraghty
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_J07 201900 Level 7 Add-on Award in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

This course aims to describe the ways in which exposure to hazardous substances arise in the workplace, and to introduce the methodologies and technologies available to control exposures and thereby reduce the risks to workers health, with a particular focus on latent disease.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the regulatory framework for chemical management and be able to apply these legislative requirements to the control of chemicals in  variety of workplace environments;



Evaluate occupational hygiene data and advise on appropriate controls to reduce the residual risk, recognising the range of approaches to risk reduction embodied in the hierarchy of control and select appropriate strategies for implementation;


Discuss the importance of design considerations in terms of the workplace, process, and plant, as a means of reducing occupational exposures;


Describe the principal elements of a local exhaust ventilation system, give examples of typical installations and know how to carry out the necessary measurements to assess whether a local exhaust ventilation system is effective and operating to the design specification;


Describe how personal protective equipment programmes may be used in an effective manner.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time.

This will include lectures and may include site visits, augmented by independent learning and directed learning.

This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

Moodle may be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 50% Continuous Assessment and 50% Final Exam

Feedback using formative assessment will be ongoing via class discussions.

Repeat Assessments

To be issued through assignment book as per School of Science procedures.

Indicative Syllabus

The legal frameworks for chemicals management.

Hazardous Substances Uses and Processes

Workplace Control Principles

Process Design and Principles

Ventilation Systems and Performance Assessment

Personal Protective Equipment Including RPE

Administrative and Organisational Controls

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Chemical Risk Assessment Project Coursework Assessment Written Report/Essay 25 % OnGoing 1,2,3
2 Control Strategies Assignment Coursework Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 11 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Off-Site Activity Offsite Facility Site Visit / Case Study 6 Once Per Semester 0.40
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.90 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2000 Chemical Risk Analysis Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN 1857180283 ISBN-13 9781857180282

This handbook includes the principal methodological tools and data required to comprehend, evaluate and execute analysis of chemical risk in practical working situations. A unique feature of the book, in addition to the extensive theoretical treatments of the subject, is the multitude of dangerous property tables, a remarkably extensive compilation, providing data on more than 1900 products, organic and inorganic. These tables are supplemented through the text by numerous figures and other tables, helping make this publication both comprehensive and accessible. An additional feature of this book is the description of numerous experiments conducted in the author's laboratory, designed to test the various hazard test criteria in current use. Full assessments of the results are presented and these compared with the results of other procedures in current use. This feature will provide valuable material for those engaged in research on the subject, as well as the specialist practitioner who, as the author is able to show, cannot always take the results of conventional wisdom and mandatory regulation for granted in ensuring safety. This book is intended * for safety specialists in industry who are concerned with the manipulation of chemical products * for process chemists and safety chemists who need to evaluate chemical hazards in chemical plant * for workers involved with the development of analytical procedures in industrial laboratories and in university research departments. * as an essential reference work, trainers and chemistry lecturers who wish to incorporate the subject of chemical risk in their teaching. Numerous tables containing information on more than 1900 chemicals, organic and inorganic Updating supplement by leading industry specialist on latest EC regulations regarding hazardous chemicals

Required Reading
2005-06-24 Occupational Hygiene Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405106212 ISBN-13 9781405106214

Employees, employers and the government have all become very aware of the effects on health of the work environment. As a result, this subject area is rapidly developing with recent changes in legislation, sampling and measurement methods, as well as a new emphasis on the psychological impact of work, and the importance of an appropriate work-life balance. The purpose of this book is to provide a clear and concise account of the principles of occupational hygiene and, as such, it is suitable for students studying for degree courses in this subject and for the MFOM. It is also suitable for occupational physicians and nurses, to safety representatives and to trade unionists. This edition sees the introduction of nine new chapters covering recently emerged topics such as work/life balance, work organisation and pyschological issues.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Carcinogens) Regulations, 2001. Government Publications Office Dublin.

2018 Code of Practice for the Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations, 2001. Government Publications Office Dublin.

Safety Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007. Government Publications Office Dublin.

EN 689: WORKPLACE EXPOSURE MEASUREMENT OF EXPOSURE BY INHALATION TO CHEMICAL AGENTS Strategy for testing compliance with occupational exposure limit values

Journal Resources

Health & Safety Review

URL Resources