Course Brief

AimsThe course aims to:
  • Explore, evaluate and build on the existing theory and practice associated with chemical hazards found in the workplace;
  • Introduce and develop an appreciation and understanding of risk that the different types of chemical hazards can present to workers and other people affected by them;
  • Develop a framework for rational decision making in managing chemical hazards in the workplace;
  • Develop skills and decision-making when presented with chemical hazards in the workplace.

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Toxic Substances – the Nature of the Hazard

In this chapter a range of techniques will be considered in relation to hazard assessment. These will include chemical safety assessments and reports. The development safety data sheets and the use of international safety cards and the global harmonised system for classification and labelling of chemicals will be considered.

Assessing Exposure to Toxic Substances in the Workplace

Advanced Monitoring Techniques and Sampling Strategies will be considered in this chapter. Techniques for assessing skin exposure will explored as will exposure modelling, and the development of exposure scenarios.

Occupational Health

This chapter will investigate the basic elements of occupational health programmes and will consider the use of health surveillance as a control strategy. Biological monitoring and ethical issues relating to occupational health will be reviewed.

Occupational Epidemiology

This chapter will provide an over-view of epidemiology. It will consider the approaches to measuring health and disease, causation and study types. It will also look at the application of occupational epidemiology in the prevention of disease.

Major Hazards

This chapter will evaluate approaches to the control of major hazards. These will include approaches such as risk analysis, risk management plans and safety reports. The WHO approach to control of major hazards and mitigation of major chemical disasters will be reviewed.

Management of the Chemical Environment

Issues such as chemical safety programmes, managing and auditing and integrated management systems will be considered in this chapter. Management issues in relationship to health hazards and major hazards will be considered. Common approaches to chemical safety in the chemical industry such as product stewardship and responsible care will be discussed.

Emerging Issues

This chapter will discuss emerging issues such as indoor air quality, nano-technology, and chemical safety in developing countries.

This course has two (2) assignments.

  • MSc. Safety, Health, Environment or Occupational Hygiene

    Occupational safety and health aims to prevent accidents, ill-health and other losses arising from work and work related activities. The last few years have also seen safety professionals becoming increasingly responsible for environmental issues and, with current concern about climate change, this responsibility will almost certainly grow. As the field continues to grow, so will the need for professionals with graduate and post-graduate qualifications.

    This HSE postgraduate programme delivered by lecturers at SBCS, with industry expertise, and awarded by the University of Greenwich, is currently the only post-graduate programme offered locally that is accredited by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). It covers all aspects of occupational safety, health and environment. Significant emphasis is placed on learning and research. One of the first courses that students take is Critical Thinking, which provides them with the skills necessary to take full advantage of their studies.

    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.

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