Course Description

Discover the science behind occupational illness and disease. The number of people affected by occupational related disease continues to increase. This course illuminates the science and art of occupational hygiene and covers its past, present and likely future. Topics include: toxicology, occupational health and safety standards, airborne hazards, indoor air quality, ventilation systems, skin diseases, industrial noise, radiation, lasers, thermal stress, and protective equipment.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe the general history and scope of Occupational Hygiene
  • Explain the regulatory aspects of Occupational Hygiene
  • Conduct qualitative health risk assessments in the workplace
  • Describe the basic elements of toxicology as it related to worker exposure
  • Describe the main classes of health hazards and potential health effects
  • Explain workplace factors that contribute to worker exposure
  • Identify when quantitative exposure data are required
  • Describe the hierarchy of control methods used for health hazards
  • Describe the different types of respirators and the fit testing procedures
  • Demonstrate the occupational hygiene process as it applies to gases, vapours and solids (particulates), noise and vibration, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation (including lasers), thermal stress, biological hazards and indoor air quality.


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Apr 07, 2020 to Jul 06, 2020
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $630.00
Reading List / Textbook

Required Textbook
Title: Basics of Industrial Hygiene
Authors: Debra K. Nims
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 978-0471299837

Visit the UCalgary Bookstore at www.calgarybookstore.ca.

Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students who are unfamiliar with Desire2Learn or Adobe Connect are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online prior to enrolling in this course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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