OSH30140 Chemical Safety and Toxicology

Academic Year 2022/2023

Chemical actions and interactions in the human body and the toxic effects of major classes of toxicants are examined. The principles of hazard identification, chemical risk assessment in both occupational and environmental contexts, implementation of appropriate control and preventive strategies for hazardous and toxic chemicals are addressed. Occupational safety and health practice interaction with environmental licensing and public health impact assessment is introduced.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

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

Identify the range and properties of chemicals found in the workplace and explain associated bio-chemical actions and interactions in the human body;

Describe the toxic effects of major classes of toxicants and utilise toxicology (as a tool) to classify, label and develop information for Safety Data Sheets and for chemical risk assessments;

Develop and advise on the implementation of risk assessment and appropriate control and prevention strategies for toxic and hazardous chemicals;

Apply the information (relating to the toxic effects of chemicals on man in an occupational setting) to the larger environment and public and recognise the parallels that exist between the two compartments;

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role occupational safety and health plays in public health, SEVESO, COMAH, REACH and chemical transportation.

Sustainable Development Goal Alignment:

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.

The learning outcomes of this module are consistent with achieving the objectives of SDG 4 Quality Education as this module contributes to fostering an inclusive and equitable education that promotes lifelong learning for all.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to toxicology
Dose Response
Toxic Chemicals
Blood Toxicology
Chemical Risk Assessment
Chemical Transportation and Management
Environmental Licensing
Public health impact assessment

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Recorded E-lectures
Live Online E-Lectures
Online specified learning activities
Autonomous learning
Learning through assessment
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must be aged over 23 years, be employed or seeking employment 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 if possible.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Chemical Safety and Toxicology (SHWW30140)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignment 1 - Chemical Risk Assessment Team Assignment Week 8 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Assignment 2 - A selection of topics which the student will write an essay on for 2 topics of their choice. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
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?

Individual feedback will provided alongside provisional grades within 20 working days of submission on Brightspace.

Module reading list is provided in Brightspace.
Name Role
Assoc Professor Conor Buggy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Derval Cumiskey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Anne Drummond Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Craig Slattery Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Penpatra Sripaiboonkij Lecturer / Co-Lecturer