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Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene

Course Description:
Based on OHTA course materials, this online course provides a foundational understanding of key Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety concepts as the basis for the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace hazards.

This course is perfect for early career health and safety professionals, occupational and environmental health and safety students, occupational health specialists, and other industry specialists who want a broader understanding of how recognition and control of workplace hazards is key to keeping workers safe.

Course Outline:

  • Module 1 – Introduction
  • Module 2 – Understanding the Human Body
  • Module 3 – Introduction to Toxicology
  • Module 4 – Occupational Exposure Limit Values
  • Module 5 – Hazardous Substances
  • Module 6 – Biological Hazards
  • Module 7 – Vibration and Noise
  • Module 8 – Radiation
  • Module 9 – Thermal Environment
  • Module 10 – Ergonomics
  • Module 11 – Assessing Health Risks
  • Module 12 – Monitoring Airborne Contaminants
  • Module 13 – Biological Monitoring
  • Module 14 – Behavior and Culture
  • Module 15 – Control Methods
  • Module 16 – Workplace Stress
  • Module 17 – Careers in Occupational Hygiene
  • Module 18 – Course Review
Course Outcomes

Upon completion, students will have a basic understanding of:
  • The value of occupational hygiene and the role of the occupational hygienist
  • The fundamentals of anatomy and toxicology
  • The range of hazards (physical and chemical) in the workplace including sources and potential routes of exposure
  • Hazard evaluation, exposure assessment, and sampling processes
  • Basic methods of controlling exposure
  • Potential career paths for OEHS professionals

Contact Hours:
10 Hours

Learning Levels:

Intended Audience:
This online self-study course will benefit those new to occupational and environmental health and safety; current health and safety professionals; and occupational health specialists (including physicians and nurses).

Specialists in subjects such as acoustics, ergonomics (human factors), work organization, biosafety, engineering, or analytical chemistry will gain a broader appreciation of how their role helps protect workers from workplace related hazards and health issues.

Time to complete
Participants will have 6 months from the date of purchase to complete the coursework and pass the final exam.