Full Title Occupational Health

Short Title Occupational Health

Code SAFE07033
Level 07
Credit 05

Author McGrath, Blaithin
Department Environmental Science

Subject Area Safety Studies
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
This aim of this module is to investigate the effects of workplace health hazards on the health of the worker and consider appropriate health surveillance strategies with a focus on prevention and rehabilitation.

Indicative Syllabus
Historical context of Occupational Health and Medicine.

Policy makers and key drivers of occupational health.

Occupational health services, the multidisciplinary team approach, specialist services.

Interpretation of statistics and data related to occupational ill health.

Occupational health effects of physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic and psychosocial hazards.

Topics covered may include; respiratory illnesses associated with chemical dusts, vapours, mist or fumes. Skin diseases associated with respiratory irritants and sensitisers causing occupational dermatitis. Radiation and its adverse health effects. Health effects associated with noise and vibration and heat extremes. Chemicals and their associated health effects. Musculoskeletal disorders and their physical and psychological effects on the individual. Adverse health effects associated with night work and shift work, bullying and workrelated stress.

Vulnerable risk groups such as young, old and pregnant employees especially in relation to specified legislative requirement.

Appropriate occupational health and health surveillance strategies to manage workplace health hazards with key focus on legislative arrangements.

Issues relating to health screening for workplace health hazards programme.

Appropriate occupational health strategies to manage workplace health hazards.

Early interventions, absence management, case management, employee assistant programmes,

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. Identify the multidisciplinary approach to managing occupational health risk.

  2. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge on the strategies for prevention and rehabilitation within occupational health.

  3. Distinguish between physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic and psychosocial health hazards and explain their biological effect on the body.

  4. Source, interpret and apply appropriate workbased health surveillance strategies for defined risks.


Assessment Strategies
Final Theory 50%; Continuous assessment 50%

Regular MCQs and assessments 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
MCQs 1,2 30 OnGoing
Assignment 2,4 20 Week 10


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Final Exam 1,2,3,4 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
Online Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Group Learning Not Specified Workshop 4 Once Per Semester 0.27
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 5 Weekly 5.00

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 1.27 Hours

Resources
Book Resources





Other Resources
Reports and strategy documents pertinent to the module will be uploaded on moodle for the students.

Class notes and handouts will be uploaded on moodle for the students.

Url Resources
www.hsa.ie

www.hse.gov.uk
Additional Info

ISBN BookList

Book Cover Book Details
Tar-Ching Aw 2006 Occupational Health: Pocket Consultant Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN-10 1405122218 ISBN-13 9781405122214
Joseph LaDou 2014 CURRENT Occupational and Environmental Medicine 5/E McGraw-Hill Medical
ISBN-10 0071808159 ISBN-13 9780071808156
Barry S. Levy 2011 Occupational and Environmental Health: Recognizing and Preventing Disease and Injury Oxford University Press
ISBN-10 0195397886 ISBN-13 9780195397888
Keith T Palmer 2013 Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects Oxford University Press
ISBN-10 0199643245 ISBN-13 9780199643240