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.


This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Surrey 13 Charlotte Fetterly $645.00 22 Register
Surrey 13 - TBD $645.00 24 Register
Surrey 13 - TBD $645.00 24 -

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

You may purchase the required textbook from the SFU Bookstore or elsewhere. 

All other course materials will be made available to you online. 

Required text:

Nims, D.K. Basics of Industrial Hygiene (1999). ISBN: 9780471299837.