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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Postgraduate Medical School Short Name: SUBSHAZARDOUS
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: EDGAR J Dr (PGMS)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability


Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment
Percentage Weighting
A formative seen MCQ paper
Students will be required to carry out a Risk assessment in a suitable workplace and then to submit a written report

Module Overview


Module Aims

 To provide a stand-alone introduction to occupational hygiene involving airborne (particulate, vapour, gas) and liquid hazards, and to enable the student to carry out a risk assessment according to the requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 (as amended) and the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to; 

Recognise hazards in the working environment which arise from the use of chemical compounds and mixtures, micro-organisms and allergens 
b)       Understand the factors contributing or leading to the exposure of employees to toxic materials/micro-organisms or allergens.
c)       Assess the health risks associated with the use of hazardous substances 
d)       Understand the methods of assessing, measuring and quantifying exposure to substances in the workplace 
e)       Understand the role of sampling strategies and of quality assurance systems 
f)         Understand the principles of workplace environmental control and environmental quality control in relation to airborne contaminants and hazardous substances 
g)       Develop occupational hygiene programmes and survey check lists 
h)       Identify relevant sources of information and guidance 
i)         Understand how to conduct an audit of a health and safety system 
j)         Conduct and write a report on a COSHH assessment in a workplace

 Cognitive Skills

  •  Critically analyse and evaluate the impact of chemicals on health within a work environment.
  • Evaluate the validity of research based studies.
  • Analyse and interpret data which influences decision making of protection strategies to be adopted

    Key Skills



  • Appreciates and utilises the contribution of the multi-disciplinary team in problem solving 
  •  Is able to critically analyse research and apply finding to practice 
  • Can perform as an independent and self critical learner, identifying own requirements for continuing professional development.

Practical Skills

  • Evaluate and utilise a range of equipment for sampling substances to determine exposure in the workplace.
  • Critically analyse the methodologies for effectively auditing health and safety systems.
  • Identify and evaluate complex problems using relevant knowledge and skills to formulate a problem solving approach.
Module Content
  • Principles and use of hygiene standards for the work environment for chemical agents.
  • General principles for evaluating the occupational environment.
  • Use of sampling equipment for airborne particles, gases and vapours, including calibration techniques.
  • Quality control for sampling and for laboratory analysis.
  • Sampling strategies.
  • Principles and options for controlling the work environment.
  • Principles of ventilation and other methods of control including personal protection.
  •  Assessment of hazards and risks.
  • Occupational hygiene check lists.
  •  Occupational hygiene programmes and audits.
  • Relevant legislation and guidance e.g. COSHH 2002 Regulation(as amended), the COSHH ACOP and Guidance; Workplace Exposure Limits.
  • Sources of information and electronic databases.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures, seminars, demonstrations and discussions. Group and individual exercises.
Selected Texts/Journals
Aw TC, Gardiner K and Harrington J.M. (2006) Occupational Health, 5th Edition, Blackwell
Gardiner K, and Harrington J.M. (2005), Occupational Hygiene, Blackwell Publishing
Gill F and Ashton I, (1999), Monitoring for Health Hazards at Work, Blackwell
HSC (2002) Control of Lead at Work Regulations and Code of Practice, HSE Books
HSC (2006) Work with Materials containing Asbestos Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, Approved Code of Practice and Guidance L143 HSE Books
HSC (2006) The Management of Asbestos in Non-Domestic Premises Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 Approved Code of Practice and Guidance L127 HSE Books
 HSE (1993), HSG 97, A step by step guide to COSHH Assessments, HSE Books
HSE (1998) HSG 53, Respiratory Protective Equipment, HSE Books, Sudbury, Suffolk
HSE, (1999), COSHH Essentials, HSG193, HSE Books,
HSE, (2005), EH40/2005, Workplace Exposure Limits,, HSE Books
HSE, (2005), Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended), Approved Code of Practice and Guidance, 5th Edition, L5, HSE Books
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH),, Threshold Limit Values, and Documentation of, Am Conf Gov Ind Hygienists, Cincinnati (updated annually)
Clayton G D and Clayton F E, (1993-5), Patty's Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, Vol II, 6 vols, John Wiley, Chichester
Croner, Emergency First Aid Guide (updating service), Croner Publications Ltd, Kingston upon Thames
Croner, Emergency Spillage Guide (updating service), Croner Publications Ltd, Kingston upon Thames
Croner, Substances Hazardous to Health (updating service), Croner Publications Ltd, Kingston upon Thames
Encyclopaedia of Health and Safety, ILO, Geneva
Forsberg K and Keith L H, (1989), Chemical Protective Clothing, Performance Index Book, John Wiley, Chichester
Grandjean P, (1990), Skin Penetration, Taylor & Francis, London
Handbook of Occupational Hygiene, Croner Publications Ltd, Kingston upon Thames
Part 3, Part 5.2, Part 6.1-6.7 (The Guidance Notes and MDHS series are In Part 13 of the Handbook)
HSE, (2000), L8, Legionnaires Disease, HSE Books
HSE, Guidance Notes EH Series, HSE Books
HSE, Methods for the Determination of Hazardous Substances (MDHS) Series – eg MDHS14, MDHS27, MDHS39, MDHS54, MDHS70, MDSH71
Packham C L, (1998), Essentials of Occupational Skin Management, EnvironDerm Services, 2 Amery Lodge Farm, North Littleton, Evesham, WR11 8QY
Sadhra and Rampal, (1999), Occupational Health, Blackwell 1999
Sax N I and Lewis R J, (2001), Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold
Sax N I and Lewis R J, (2000), Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, 3 vols, van Nostrand Reinhold
Last Updated

28th May 2008