Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene

Lung disease! Cancer! Hearing loss!

These conditions have devastating effects on our workers. But many health and safety managers are uncomfortable dealing with them. Instead, they pay huge amounts to consultants and similar outside experts.

This course offers a much-needed alternative! Through the 4 days, participants will learn the basics of occupational hygiene and how to manage hygiene hazards.

Upon completing this course successfully, you will have a basic understanding of:
  + The range of hazards (physical and chemical) in the workplace;
  + Hazard recognition techniques;
  + Sources and potential routes of exposure;
  + Hazard evaluation, exposure assessment and measurement processes;
  + Methods of controlling exposure and design of basic control systems;
  + The management of occupational hygiene programs.

Graduates will receive a certificate verifying they have completed the Foundation level towards the International Certificate in Occupational Hygiene (ICertOH).

This live and in-person course is facilitated by a Registered Occupational Hygienist and is more detailed than the AIHA Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene. CRSPs can claim 3.6 continuing education CEUs towards their recertification.

Note that this course includes some overnight homework and a 20 short answer question ‘open book’ examination.

This course is approved by the international Occupational Hygiene Training Association.

What will we cover?

Introduction (5%)

Human physiology (15%)
An introduction to the physiology of the human body and how it can be affected by occupational exposure to chemical and physical agents.

Chemical hazards recognition (20%)
  +  Basic principles of risk assessments, definitions of hazard and risk 
  + Hazard and Risk
  + Sources of information:
  + Effects on the body and basic principles of toxicology

  + Hazardous processes

Physical hazards recognition (20%)
  + Noise 
  + Vibration
  + Thermal stress
  + Lighting and assessment in the workplace (effects of poor lighting and glare)
  + Ionising radiation 
  + Introduction to musculoskeletal injuries and ergonomics 
  + Introduction to stress and its management in the workplace

Hazard evaluation (20%)
Exposure assessment
  + Measurements (vapours, gases, aerosols and dust using techniques for spot, personal, static and real time sampling)
  + Analytical methods
  + Hygiene standards and occupational exposure limits
  + Units of measurement, time-weighting, simple calculations/algebra
  + Biological monitoring and health surveillance
  + Noise measurement
  + Introduction to principles of assessment of vibration
  + Introduction to principles of assessment of lighting and non-ionising radiation
  + Introduction to principles of assessment of ionising radiation
  + Introduction to principles of ergonomic risk assessment

Hazard control (20%)
  + Elimination/substitution of the hazard
  + Basic principles of ventilation
  + Local exhaust ventilation design
  + Personal protection
  + General ventilation and air conditioning

You can sign up for the course here