OSH30130 Occupational Hygiene

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is concerned with the recognition, evaluation and control of physical (e.g. noise) and chemical (e.g. gases) agents in the working environment. Basic monitoring equipment will be practically demonstrated and a site visit conducted.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students will be able to:

Identify a broad range of occupational hygiene hazards in the working environment;

Devise solutions to specific workplace issues using the occupational hygiene approach of recognition, evaluation, monitoring and control;

Advise management on the identification, evaluation and control of chemical and physical risks;

Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate measuring equipment and be able to evaluate occupational hygiene results;

Know when to call in external occupational hygienists or specialists;

Participate in 'hands-on' experience / equipment demonstration and practical session.

The learning outcomes of this module are consistent with achieving the objectives of SDG 3 Good Health and SDG 8 Decent Work from an occupational health and wellbeing perspective.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to occupational hygiene, occupational hygiene management and case studies, principles of occupational hygiene (Identification, Evaluation and Control), exposure controls and baseline monitoring, occupational hygiene assessment
occupational hygiene practicals air exposure, thermal environment, Site visit, noise, Ionising radiation, non-ionising radiation, vibration.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; critical writing; enquiry & problem-based learning, site visit 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must be aged over 23 years, be employed and have at least 3 years work experience. This module contains work-based assignments and if students are not working, they will be unable to meet the credit requirements.

Learning Recommendations:

Students should be engaged in OSH in their workplace.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Occupational Hygiene (SHWW30130)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: Assignment Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Student will receive a provisional individual grade in Brightspace within 20 working days of the submission date of the assignment (A, B, C etc. as per UCD grade descriptors). The grade will contribute to the student final’s grade for the module. Each student will receive an assignment feedback sheet on Brightspace.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Conor Buggy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Anne Drummond Lecturer / Co-Lecturer