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MSc / PGD IN

THE SCIENCE OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SAFETY & THE ENVIRONMENT

Module - Occupational Health and Hygiene

2014

GUIDE FOR STUDENTS

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Module Lead -

Teaching Staff List

Dr Steven Sadhra, Institute of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (IOEM), School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, s.sadhra@bham.ac.uk

Any queries related to this module (timetable, lectures, lecture notes, module assignment) and appointments to see Dr Steven Sadhra, please contact Anna Morley (a.j.morley@bham.ac.uk or Tel: - 0121 414 6013)

The module assignment is to be submitted via canvas.

Teaching Staff List

Dr Jacqueline Halliday-Bell, HM Medical Inspector, Science and Technology Group

Dr Adrian Hirst, Independent Consultant, University of Manchester

Prof Craig Jackson, Health Psychology, Birmingham City University (BCU)

Dr Steven Sadhra, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health, IOEM, University of

Birmingham

Dr Hubert Lam, Lecturer in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, IOEM,

University of Birmingham

Dr Ian Litchfield, Research Fellow, IOEM, University of Birmingham

Mr David Edwards, Independent Consultant

Dr John Wood, Senior Occupational Hygienist

Mrs Leila Kirk, Occupational Hygienist

Mr Chris Packham, Enviroderm Services

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Occupational Health and Hygiene

Credit

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30 Credits

Module Tutor

Dr Steven Sadhra

Aims

This module will concentrate on the three tenets of occupational health; identification, evaluation and control. These will be described for a range of hazards found in the workplace. The module will provide the candidates with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out workplace assessments in order to identify biological, chemical and physical hazards, assess the risks that they present and, where necessary, to undertake suitable monitoring. Finally, the design and testing of control strategies will be discussed.

Objectives and Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this module the student should:

1. Explain the function of occupational health and hygiene and the importance of an integrated approach to risk assessment and management.

2. Understand the role of the occupational health professional and the other professionals with whom they must interact.

3. Be able to identify the main classifications of occupational hazards; physical, chemical, biological and ergonomic found in a variety of work places.

4. Understand specific health outcomes and their common causes including occupational cancer, lung disorders, contact dermatitis and the reproductive system with examples.

5. Be able to demonstrate the principles of exposure monitoring for chemical (substances hazardous to health) and physical hazards (noise, radiation, thermal, vibration).

6. Recognise the importance of the following factors in exposure assessment; exposure variability, uncertainty of measurement, and appropriate sampling strategies.

7. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors associated with violence/bullying and stress in the workplace, along with appropriate control mechanisms.

8. Demonstrate knowledge of different types of engineering and personal protective equipment risk management measure including their selection, maintenance and evaluation of effectiveness.

9. Explain the role and need for health surveillance programmes at work.

10. Understand the information type required to diagnose occupational diseases.

11. Understand how to assess risks for a range of chemical and physical hazards including noise, vibration, radiation, thermal environment and hazardous substances.

12. Understand the key legal requirements for assessing, managing and reporting the effects of occupational hazards.

13. Relevant legislation will be referenced including:

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) Control of Noise at Work Regulations Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations Ionising Radiation Regulations Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations Manual Handling Operations Regulations Control of Vibration at Work Regulations Health and Safety (DSE) Regulations

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OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE School Of Health and Population Sciences MSc in the Science of Occupational Health Safety and the Environment Module: Occupational Health & Hygiene Module Tutor: Dr Steven Sadhra

Monday 17 th November 2014 Public Health G06

 

10.30-12.30

Occupational Stress

Prof. Craig Jackson

12.30-13.45

Lunch

 

13.45

-15.30

How to conduct a site walkthrough survey and introduction to student exercise I

Dr Steven Sadhra

15:30 15:45

Break

 

15:45 17:00

Reproductive Hazards & Health Effects

Dr Jacquie Halliday-Bell

Tuesday 18 th November 2014 Public Health G06

 

09.30

11.30

Principles of monitoring exposure to airborne pollutants

Dr Steven Sadhra

11.30-11.45

Break

 

11.45

13.00

Tutorial 1 Occupational Exposure Data

Dr Steven Sadhra

13.00-14.00

Lunch

 

14.00-16.00

Student exercise 1 occupational diseases, extent of problems and associated hazards

Dr Steven Sadhra

Wednesday 19 th November 2014 Public Health G06

 

09.30-10.45

Occupational Skin Diseases

Dr Steven Sadhra

10.45-11.00

Break

 

11.00-12.00

Occupational Respiratory Disorders

Dr Hubert Lam

12.00-13.00

Lunch

 

13.00-14.00

Module assignment discussion

Dr Steven Sadhra

14.15-17.00

Student exercise 1 occupational diseases, extent of problems and associated hazards

Dr Steven Sadhra

Friday 21 st November 2014 Public Health G06

 

09.30 -10.45

Assessing risk of Hand-Arm transmitted vibration

Dr Steven Sadhra

10.45-11.00

Break

 

11.00-12.00

Tutorial 2- Assessment of health effects

Dr Steven Sadhra

12.00-13.00

Lunch

 

13.00-14.30

Health Surveillance at Work

Dr Steven Sadhra

14.30-14.45

Break

 

14.45-16.00

Student presentations Student exercise Ioccupational diseases, extent of problems and associated hazards

Dr Steven Sadhra

Wednesday 26 th November 2014 (with MSc OH - OERA part 1) Learning Centre UG06

 

09:30 11:00

Control Hierarchy and Applications

Dr Adrian Hirst

11:00 11:15

Break

 

11:15 12:30

Asbestos Identification, Evaluation and Management (Part 1)

Dr Adrian Hirst

12:30 13:30

Lunch

 

13:30 14:45

Asbestos Identification, Evaluation and Management (Part 2)

Dr Adrian Hirst

14:45 15:00

Break

 

15:00 16:15

Personal Protective Equipment Selection, Effectiveness and Use

Dr Adrian Hirst

Thursday 27 th November 2014 (with MSc OH - OERA part 1)

Learning Centre UG06

09:30 10:45

Assessment and Control of the Thermal Environment

Dr John Wood

10:45 11:00

Break

 

11:00 12:15

Assessment and Control of the Thermal Environment

Dr John Wood

12:15 13:15

Lunch

 

13:15 14:30

Noise Exposure and Risk Assessment (Part 1)

Dr Steven Sadhra

14:30 14:45

Break

 

14:45 16:30

Noise Exposure and Risk Assessment (Part 2)

Dr Steven Sadhra

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Tuesday 2 nd December 2014 (with MSc OH - OERA part 2)

Learning Centre UG05

09:30 11:00

General Ventilation: Theory and Applications

Dr Steven Sadhra

11:00 11:15

Break

 

11:15 12:30

Assessing Effectiveness Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)

Dr Steven Sadhra

12:30 13:00

Lunch

 

13:00 15:00

Assessment of Dermal Exposure in the Workplace

Mr Chris Packham

15:00 15:15

Break

 

15:15 16:45

Occupational Hygiene in Practice

Mrs Leila Kirk

Wednesday 3 rd December 2014 (with MSc OH - OERA part 2)

Learning Centre UG06

09:30 11:00

Ionising Radiation

Mr David Edwards

11:00 11:15

Break

 

11:15 12:30

Non-Ionising Radiation

Mr David Edwards

12:30 13:30

Lunch

 

13:30 15:00

Design of exposure monitoring surveys

Dr Steven Sadhra

15:00 15:15

Break

 

15:15 16:45

Tutorial

Dr Steven Sadhra

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MSc Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment

2014

Occupational Health & Hygiene Module Assignment

The essay question is part of your assessed course work. You should aim for between 1700- 2000.

Your answer should identify the key issues relevant to the question and include reasoned argument and conclusion. In the course of this you should draw on relevant references to support your arguments.

Assignment Workers in a metal foundry complain of hearing problems which they believe are

work related. All workers in the foundry production departments are provided with

ear plugs or ear

consultant and audiometry is conducted by an occupational nurse who visits the foundry one day a fortnight.

A noise survey is conducted annually by an external

You are a health and safety consultant and copies of the recent noise assessment reports and a summary of noise health surveillance data is made available to you.

The company director has asked you to review the noise assessments and the noise health surveillance programme. The company director has also invited you to look around the site.

How would assess the quality and suitability of the following:

(a) Noise assessment report (50 marks). (b) Noise health surveillance programme (50 marks)

In your answer explain with justification what information you would look in the reports and how you would arrive at your decision on their suitability in meeting legal requirements.

Assignment due in by Monday 12 th January 2015 before 12:00 midday.

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Reading List

Aw T.C., Gardiner K, Harrington J.M. Pocket consultant in occupational health. 5 th Ed. Blackwell Scientific 2007.

Cherrie J, Howie R and Semple S. Monitoring for health hazards at work. 4 th ed. Wiley-Blackwell 2010

Harrington, J.M. and Gardiner K. Eds. Occupational hygiene. 5thEd., Blackwell Science, 2007

Hathaway G.J. et al. Proctor and Hughes’ Chemical hazards of the workplace. 5 th ed., Van Nostrand Reinhold, 2004.

HSE. EH40 Workplace exposure limits. HSE Books. Published and revised annually. Contains the UK limits for exposure to airborne substances in the workplace.

Kloss Diana. Occupational Health Law. 5 TH Ed. Blackwell Science, 2010

La Dou J. Current occupational and Environmental Medicine, 4 th Ed, 2007

Levy B.S. and Wegman D.H. Occupational health: recognising and preventing work-related disease. 4th ed., Little, Brown and Co.2000.

Lu FC. Basic toxicology: fundamentals, target organs and risk assessment. 4 th Ed. Taylor & Francis, 2002

Palmer K, Cox R, Brown I. Fitness for Work the medical aspects. Occupational University Press 4 th Ed. 2007

Sadhra S. & Rampal K.G. Eds. Occupational Health - Risk assessment and management. 1 st edition, Blackwell Science Ltd., 1999.

Smedley J, Dick F, and Sadhra S. Oxford Handbook of Occupational Health. Oxford University Press, 2 nd Ed, 2011

Smith A. Lighting for Health & Safety. Butterworth Heinemann, 2000

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