Course Brief

The course aims to:a)    Introduce students to the health hazards of substances that are used at work. b)    Describe why hazardous substances are commonly used in industries and their harmful effects. c)    Explain the underpinning principles of physiology, toxicology and epidemiology.

  • This course is offered in 36 hours

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

a)    Provide definitions of commonly used toxicological terms.
b)    Describe the main sources of information on hazardous substances and processes
c)    Recognise hazardous substances in the workplace.
d)    Describe the main route by which hazardous substances can enter the body and the factors which influence their absorption
e)    Describe the health effects of some common hazardous substances.
f)    Undertake basic interpretation of the results from epidemiological studies.

Introduction to toxicology – acute and chronic effects, local and systematic effects etc.

Basic toxicokinetics, dose response curves and toxicity testing.


Overview of health effects – simple asphyxiants, chemical asphyxiants, organic solvents and vapours, dust and particulate matters etc.

Common industrial processes – material handling, working with metals, surface coating and treatment of metals, degreasing etc.


Methods of Assessment    Weighting %    Pass Mark    Word Length    Details  
Assignment 150%401500  Essay
Assignment 250%402000  Report



Course is validated for:

Programme Code    Title    Core/Option
BSc (Hons) Occupational Safety, Health and Environment

  • BSc.(Hons) Occupational Safety, Health and Environment (Top-Up)

    Across the world there is increasing demand for qualified and professional safety and hygiene personnel. Their roles and responsibilities now often encompass environmental issues. This top-up programme in Occupational Health and Safety is a novel approach to delivering HSE training and will allow a wider range of applicants to gain access to this growing field of employment.

    This programme, delivered by lecturers at SBCS with industry expertise and awarded by the University of Greenwich, is currently the only programme offered locally accredited by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Graduates will be eligible to apply for graduate membership from IOSH.

    At SBCS we focus on -

    • Producing graduates who are capable of thinking critically, creatively and ethically.
    • Graduates who are team players with the ability to communicate persuasively.

    Highlights at a glance -

    • Final Year (Top-up)
    • IOSH Accredited (Global Recognition and Portability)
    • Multiple Entry Paths
    • Multiple Campuses
    • Expert Lecturers