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)

    EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register on or before DECEMBER 22, 2023 and get 10% off your first semester tuition.

    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
    • Associate Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Cipriani College
    • NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
    • Associate Degree in a Science or Engineering discipline & SBCS GLI Fundamentals to Health Safety and the Environment

    Don't possess one of the above qualifications?
    Would you like to change your discipline of study to a more relevant field in the current environment?

    If you possess an Associate Degree in a different discipline, access our bridging programme Fundamentals to Health Safety and the Environment and gain direct entry to the BSc (Hons) Occupational Safety Health and Environment

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    NEXT INTAKE: February 2024


    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 30 January 2024

    CLASSES BEGIN: 03 February 2024

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    Highlights at a glance -

    • Extended Final Year (Top-up) 2 years in duration
    • IOSH Accredited (Global Recognition and Portability)
    • Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Membership from IOSH.
    • Expert Lecturers

    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.