Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene

Occupational hygiene is the science devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards. This introductory course will give you an overview of topics including: physiology, toxicology, chemical hazards (i.e., dust, mist fumes), physical hazards (i.e., noise, radiation, temperature extremes), biological hazards (i.e., viruses, bacteria) and indoor air quality. The appropriate control measures for the hazards will be evaluated using the Hierarchy of Controls. You will also gain an understanding of the British Columbia Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (BC OHSR) as it relates to occupational hygiene.


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Course schedule: Classes run online from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the BC OHSR as it relates to occupational hygiene
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of different chemical, physical and biological hazards found in the workplace
  • Evaluate and recommend controls for the studied chemical, physical and biological hazards

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Group discussions
  • Assignments
  • Exams

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based in part on individual participation. You’re expected to attend all 39 hours of classes, engage in discussions and review all handouts.

Textbooks and learning materials

No textbooks are required for this course. All course materials will be provided online.

Hardware and software requirements

You will access your course materials using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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