Full Title Occupational Hygiene Physical Agents

Short Title OH Physical Agents

Code SAFE07030
Level 07
Credit 05

Author Geraghty, Ossian
Department Environmental Science

Subject Area Safety Studies
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
This is an introductory unit to occupational hygiene area with the aim of equipping students with theoretical and practical knowledge of various occupational hygiene theory and techniques. The topics covered include the basis to occupational hygiene hazards in the work environment; occupational health; workplace exposure standards; sources of information as related to the physical hazards in the work environment; noise and vibration; lighting; thermal environment and pressure; radiation (ionising and non-ionising); controls for workplace health hazards.

Indicative Syllabus
Noise
properties of sound - frequency, loudness, timbre, fourier analysis, transmission, attenuation, absorbance, reverberation; impulse noise, measurementand instrumentation; monitoring, noise surveys; machinery noise; hygiene standards; noise control ,hearing protection.

Vibration
Basic concepts and principles, measurement and health effects of HAV & WBV

Ionising-Radiation
Science of radioactivity and the EM spectrum,Types of IR, dose units, dose limits, dosimetry, monitoring, personal monitors, record keeping. methods of protection, management of sources, transport, storage, use, waste control. Instrumentation

Non-Ionising-Radiation
Electromagnetic spectrum, relevant NIRs, examples of occurrence, health effects, dose limits.

Thermal Environment

Basic concepts and principles of heat in work place. Heat transfer and heat balance. Relative Humidity. Heat stress and strain. Measurement of the thermal environment; physiological measurements, thermal indices (heat, cold and comfort); hygiene standards; control of thermal comfort and stress - engineering, administrative, clothing; air conditioning.

Lighting
Basic concepts and principles of lighting in workplace.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
    • Identify, describe and apply the fundamental scientific concepts and principles of occupational hygiene, occupational hygiene hazard classification and recognition and workplace exposure standards.

    • Calculate doses and exposures to various hazards.

    • Explain and evaluate systematic approaches to assessing and controlling physical occupational hygiene hazards in the workplace.

    • Describe the underlying concepts and principles of relevant instrumentation and to operate selected instrumentation.

    • Collect, analyse and interpret virtual workplace data in a systematic way in order to assess a range of physical occupational hygiene hazards.


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
MCQ 1 1,2 10 Week 4
MCQ 2 1,4 10 Week 8
Take home assignment 1,2,3,5 30 Week 12


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Final Exam 1,2,3,4 50 Week 15


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 Not Specified Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Not Specified Workshop 4 Once Per Semester 0.27
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 1.27 Hours

Resources
Book Resources
South, T. 2004. Managing Noise and Vibration at Work, A practical guide to assessment, measurement and control.

Tranter, M. 2004. Occupational Hygiene and Risk Management., Allen and Unwin

McMullan R. 2002, Environmental Science in Buildings, Palgrave Macmillan

Harrington J M and Gardiner K, ed, (2005), ;Occupational Hygiene , Blackwell Scientific Punblications

Wald P H(Ed), G. M. Stave 2001, Physical and Biological Hazards of the Workplace , Wiley‑Interscience, ISBN‑10: 0471386472

Alan Martin (Author), Samuel A. Harbison , 2006, An Introduction to Radiation Protection, Hodder Arnold Publication; ,ISBN‑10: 0340885432
Other Resources
Url Resources
http://www.hsa.ie

http://hse.gov.uk

Additional Info