Full Title Occupational Hygiene Chemical Agents

Short Title OH Chemical Agents

Code SAFE07031
Level 07
Credit 05

Author Geraghty, Ossian
Department Environmental Science

Subject Area Safety Studies
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
The aim of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge required to assess chemical contaminants in workplace air, so that scientific data can be used to evaluate the workplace environment.

Indicative Syllabus
Occupational air pollutant categories. The hazards of exposure to airborne pollutants.


Air sampling programmes, active, passive, personal, static. Airflow measurement. Air analysis, dusts, toxic gases, flammable gases.

Monitoring strategies, initial assessment, preliminary survey, routine survey. Air sampling pumps, categories and calibration.

Occupational air sample collection devices, passive, filters, particle counters, solid adsorbent, desorption, breakthrough, indicator tubes/papers, bubblers/impingers, sampling bags, microbial media, HSE/NIOSH/OSHA standards and protocols.

Determination of acceptable levels of contaminants in the atmosphere.

The use of occupational air monitoring data.

Sources and characteristics of airborne particles pollutants in the workplace.

Operation of hierarchy of controls; Personal protective equipment: selection, fitting, maintenance, education/training, causes of failure. Respirators, breathing apparatus.

Ventilation systems: local extraction ventilation, hoods, total enclosure, booths, receptors, capture. Ducting and fans. Air cleaning devices. Design criteria, balance, capture velocities, transport, flow measurement.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. Identify workplace hazards of a chemical nature.

  2. Utilise knowledge of essential facts, major concepts and underlying principles in relation to occupational hygiene.

  3. Construct and appraise suitable monitoring strategies and approaches for chemical contaminants.

  4. Select suitable methodologies for the monitoring of air quality and complete associated calculations for a range of chemical sampling methods.

  5. Evaluate occupational air sampling data and advise on suitable control measures for the prevention of exposure to chemical agents in the workplace.


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 Centres

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 1,2,3 10 Week 4
MCQ 2 2,3,4,5 10 Week 9
Take home assignment 1,2,3,4,5 30 Week 12


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Final Exam 1,2,3,4,5 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 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


Harrington , J., Gardiner , K., 2005. Occupational Hygiene. 3rd ed. Malden, Mass. Blackwell Pub.

Finucane, E. W., 1998. Definitions, conversions, and calculations for occupational safety and health professionals. 2 nd Edition. Boca Raton. Lewis Publishers.

Occupational exposure assessment for air contaminants. Boca Raton. CRC Press. Stranks, J. 1995.

Occupational health & hygiene . London. Pitman.Nugyszalanczy, S. 1998.

Woodshop Dust Control . Newtown, CT. The Taunton Press.Mellstrom , G. A., Wahlberg , J. E., 1994.

Protective gloves for occupational use . Boca Raton.CRC Press.

Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations, 2001.

Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Carcinogens) Regulations, 2001.

2011 Code of Practice for the Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations,2001.
Other Resources
Url Resources
http://www.hsa.ie

http://www.hse.gov.uk

http://www.ohlearning.com/training/training-materials/w501-measurement-of-hazardous-substances.aspx
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