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.
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?
- Group discussions
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
Nims, D.K. Basics of Industrial Hygiene (1999), ISBN: 9780471299837.
You are responsible for purchasing the course text, which is available from the SFU Bookstore.
All other course materials will be made available to you online.