Full Title Biological Health Hazards in the Workplace

Short Title Occupational Biohazards

Code BIOL07011
Level 07
Credit 05

Author Considine, Aideen
Department Environmental Science

Subject Area Biology
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
This module will introduce Occupational Safety and Health students to the various Biohazards present in the workplace. It will evaluate the potential of these Microorganisms to cause occupationally acquired diseases and will examine methods for the prevention, control and disposal of these pathogens. It will also appraise the Legislation that deals with Biological Agents in the workplace.

Indicative Syllabus
Structure, Function and Pathogenicity of Occupationally Acquired Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses.

Occupations at risk from Biohazards

Body's Defence Mechanisms against pathogenic organisms

Diseases potentially transmitted in the workplace

Methods of prevention, control and disposal of Biohazards

Biosafety

Bioterrorism

Biopharmaceutical Safety

Legislation governing Biological Agents in the workplace

Risk Assessment of Biological Health Hazards






Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the Biological Health Hazards present in the workplace to include the structure, function and pathogenicity of the microorganisms, the body's defence mechanisms against these organisms, the occupations at risk, the diseases transmitted, the methods of prevention, control and disposal of these biohazards and  the Legislation governing Biological Agents in the workplace.

  2. Locate and appraise related scientific articles.

  3. Analyse, evaluate and draw conclusions from information collected in enquiry based exercises

  4. Communicate and explain scientific data related to Biohazards


Assessment Strategies
Final Theory 50%; Continuous assessment 50%
Regular MCQs will be undertaken through Moodle and assignment uploads through Moodle.




Assessment Facilitites
PC, Broadband, Final Examination Centre






Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
None
Co Requisite Modules
None
Incompatible Modules
None

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Examination 50 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Multiple Choice Questions 1,4 20 OnGoing
Report 2,3 15 OnGoing
Oral Presentation 1,4 15 End of Semester


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Final Exam Written Examination 1 50 End of Term


Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Workshop Not Specified Group Learning 4 Once Per Semester 0.27

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 1.27 Hours

Resources
Book Resources
Atlas R, 1996. Principles of Microbiology. 2nd edition. William C Brown Publishers

Boss M, Day D, 2002. Biological Risk Engineering Handbook, CRC Press Publishers

Committee on Occupational Safety and Health,1997. Occupational Health and Safety in Care of Research Animals, National Academies Press Publishers

Cox C, Wathers C, 1995. Bioaerosols Handbook, CRC Press Publishers

Donham K, Thelin A, 2006. Occupational and Environmental Health in Agriculture. Wiley-Blackwell Publisher

Dubey R, Maheshwar D, 2010. Practical Microbiology. 1 st edition. S Chand & Co Ltd Publishers.

Fleming D, Hunt D, 2006. Biological Safety,4 TH edition, American Society for Microbiology Publishers

Glazer, Alexander N, Nikaidō H, 2007 Microbial Biotechnology. 2nd edition.CambridgeUniversity Press Publishers

Grady S, Tabak J, 2003. Biohazards, Facts On File Inc. Publishers

Hansen D, 1992. The Work Environment: Healthcare, Laboratories and Biosafety, Volume II: Healthcare, Laboratories and Biosafety v. 2, CRC Press Publishers

Hofkin B, 2010. Living in a microbial world, Garland Science Publishers

Koren H, Bisesi M, 2002. Handbook of Environmental Health, Fourth Edition, Volume I: Biological, Chemical, and Physical Agents of Environmentally Related Disease: Biological. 4 TH edition, CRC Press Publishers.

Ladou J, 2006. Occupational & Environmental Medicin, 4 TH edition, McGraw-Hill Medical Publishers

Madigan M, Martinko J, Stahl D, Clark D, 2011. Brock Biology of Microorganisms. 13th edition. Benjamin Cummings Publishers.

Maier R, Pepper I, Gerba C, 2008. Environmentsal Microbiology. 2nd edetion. Academic Press Publishers.

PrescottL, Harley J, Klein D, 2004. Microbiology. 6th edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education Publisher.

Price A. 1982. Biological Hazards the hidden threat, Van Nostrand Reinhold Inc.,U.S. Publisher

Schlegel H, Koqut M, 1993. General Microbiology. 7 th edition. Cambridge University Press Publishers.

Strelkauskas A, StrelkauskasJ, Moszyk- Strelkauskas D, 2009. Microbiology: A Clinical Approach. 1 st edition. Garland Science Publishers.

Wald P, Stave G, 2002. Physical and Biological Hazards of the Workplace, 2 ND edition, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers

Whellis M, 2007. Principles of Modern Microbiology. 1 ST edition. Jones andBartlett Publishers

Willey J, Sherwood L, Woolverton C, 2013. Prescott's Microbiology. 9 TH edition. McGraw-Hill Science Publishers


Other Resources
Lecture notes

Lecture Handouts

Biohazard Moodle Page
Url Resources
Additional Info