Course Brief

The course aims to: a) Introduce the student to the concepts and theory of physical agents in the workplace b) Make the student aware of the importance of controlling physical agents in the workplace c) Enable the students to measure and assess physical agents in the workplace d) Consider the scientific and technical controls available to deal with physical agents.

At the end of the course, the student will:

a) understand the importance of monitoring, assessing and controlling physical agents in the workplace
b) appreciate the mechanisms associated with physical agents in the workplace
c) be able to identify hazardous physical agents in the workplace and undertake their basic monitoring and control
d) appreciate and understand the application of the control measures available for physical agents in the workplace

Physical hazards of occupational health and occupational hygiene significance, such as workplace lighting and the thermal environment.

Noise in the workplace, the hearing mechanism, permanent and temporary threshold shift, tinnitus, deafness, noise induced hearing loss, noise control measures in the workplace, enclosures, barriers, working practices. Assessment, selection and use of ear defenders, information instruction and training.

Hazards associated with workplace vibration. Measurement and control of workplace vibration risks.

Ionising and non-ionising radiation. Radiation sources and hazards, health effects of radiation. Handling and use of radioactive sources. Radiation monitoring and control measures. PPE worn in respect of radiation.

The learning time for a 15 credit level 3 courses is approximately 100 hours, and as the course is studied in distance learning mode, this will be largely student centered.

Students will receive comprehensive study materials. There will also be at least one intensive study school, which will adopt a problem solving approach to the subject.


Methods of AssessmentWeighting %Minimum Pass Mark
Coursework 14040
Coursework 26040
  • BSc. (Hons) Occupational Safety, Health and Environment (Top-Up)

    The next intake for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Health, Safety and Environment is February 2021.

    The registration deadline is 15 January 2021.

    The BSc (Hons) Occupational Health, Safety and Environment extended final year top-up degree, awarded by the University of Greenwich, is structured to provide a viable option to graduates of:

    • Associate Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from COSTAATT
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