SAFE07030 2019 Occupational Hygiene Physical Agents

General Details

Full Title
Occupational Hygiene Physical Agents
Transcript Title
Occupational Hygiene Physical
N/A %
Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edel Costello, Margaret McCallig
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

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.

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.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. on-line lectures (via Adobe Connect), independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (e.g. powerpoint presentations, recordings of on-line lectures and supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

The online delivery will be blended with workshops to bring learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Final theory : 50% Continuous assessment: 50%

Regular MCQs will be undertaken through Moodle, and assignment uploads through Moodle.




Repeat Assessments

Repeat assignments will be available on Moodle, subject to IT Sligo Procedure on late submissions, Application for extension of continuous assessment deadline


Indicative Syllabus

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.

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

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

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.

Basic concepts and principles of lighting in workplace.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 MCQ 1 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % Week 4 1,2
2 Workshop Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % Week 8 1,4
3 Take home assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 12 1,2,3,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % Week 15 1,2,3,4

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 0.85 Weekly 0.85
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.85 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Not Specified Workshop 2.5 Once Per Semester 0.17
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.17 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary 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

Journal Resources

As directed in lecture material.