SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N311721
Module Leader Gibril Njie
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Health and Safety Risk Management or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module is concerned with the identification, evaluation, monitoring and control of biological, chemical and physical agents in the workplace and the environment; how these agents can affect employees and members of the public, causing discomfort or sickness; how the body responds to the agents; how these agents can damage the workplace environment, and how such damage can be controlled; the workplace environment as a source of harmful agents; and the regulations covering the handling and control of the agents


1. Introduction - Evaluation and provision of occupational health and hygiene - Health hazards - Structure and function of the human body 2. Occupational Diseases 3. Monitoring Employee Health 4. Occupational Stress, Bullying and Harassment 5. Ergonomics - Principles - Ill health effects - Assess risk of harm - Pertinent legislation - Control measures 6. Biological Hazards - Main categories of biological agents - Presence of biological agents in the workplace - COSHH assessment requirements - Control measures 7. Dust - Effects of dust on health - Main sources of dust - COSHH assessment requirements - Control measures 8. Asbestos - Types & properties - Ill health effetcs - Main legislation - Risk of harm - Control measures 9. Lead - Hazardous properties - Main legislation - Control measures 10. Radiation - Basic principles - Measurement & ill health effects - Main sources - Legislation - Control measures 11. Noise - Principles - Hearing damage - Main sources - Legislation - Noise assessment - Control measures 12. Vibration - Principles - Ill health effects - Legislation - Assessiing risks - Control measures 13. Heat, Cold and Humidity - Main effects onthe body - Principles of assessing risks - Control measures 14. Chemical Hazards - Effects on health - Assess risk of harm - Legislation - Control strategies

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Recognise the main kinds of occupational health hazards, assess the risks presented, explain them to management, and choose appropriate measures to control the risks; monitor compliance with the relevant statutory requirements; liaise with other occupational health personnel 2. Identify the main routes and mechanisms of attack on humans by physical. chemical and biological agents, the effects of these attacks, and the body's responses; 3. Discuss the principles and practice of controlling hazardous agents ranging from irritants through to the very toxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic 4. Appreciate the diversity of physical and psychological stressors in the workplace and their likely physiological and psychological effects, and know how to control the stressors 5. Identify the principles, applications and limitations of instruments for detection, sampling and measurement of chemical and physical agents, and understand the general principles of biological monitoring methods 6. Understand the roles of professionals in occupational health, occupational hygiene, etc. and how they interact with the health and safety professional; 7. Discuss the principles of design and application of engineering control methods, and be able to advise on their choice, commissioning, maintenance and performance monitoring; 8. Identify the different kinds of personal protective equipment and be able to advise on their choice, use maintenance and storage.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, directed and independent learning. Materials will be produced on Blackboard to support the delivery of the learning outcomes. Within a traditional lecture and seminar format, projects and case studies will be approached using problem based learning. Students are encouraged to critically appraise the research publications, relate the methods described to good practice guidance, and evaluate practical implications of the outputs. This allows the students to think of their own challenges in research terms and prepares them for future dissertation work. This module will be taught by an integrated package of lectures reinforced by practical work and tutorials. Students will study and solve real problems encouraging divergent thinking and broader, deeper learning. Students will take part in practical laboratory work in physiology(respiration) which will enhance data acquisition and manipulation skills, individual and group working skills, technical report writing skills and communication skills in general. Use of state of the art equipment will enhance their employability. Through the use of the managed learning environment GCU Learn, students will become more engaged, flexible and independent in their learning as there will be a wide range of learning resources available on line. In addition to the core module content, links to relevant external application notes and videos from sources around the world will be made available. Students will receive individualised feedback on their performance through one-to-one contact with tutors at tutorials and through the timely return of marked coursework, which will reinforce the students' learning."

Indicative Reading

Core Texts Hartley, C. (2004) Health and Safety: hazardous agents Publisher: IOSH Services Ltd. (April 2004) ISBN-10: 0901357340 ISBN-13: 978-0901357342 Ridley, J and Channing, J. (2008), Safety at Work (7th edition), Butterworth-Heinemann (ISBN 0-7506-8035-6) Recommended Reading Ferrett, E. and Hughes, P. Introduction to Health and Safety at Work Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 4th edition (24 July 2009) ISBN-10: 1856176681 ISBN-13: 978-1856176682 Harrington, J.M. et al (2006) Occupational Health Blackwell Publishing Ltd, (ISBN 1405122218) Kerry, G. and Harrington, J.M. Occupational Hygiene Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3rd edition (17 May 2005) ISBN-10: 9781405106214 ISBN-13: 978-1405106214 Journals Various health and safety publications in the GCU library The Health and Safety Practitioner Policy and Practice in Health and Safety Websites The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, http://www.iosh.co.uk/index.cfm?go=home.main The Health and Safety Executive, http://www.hse.gov.uk/

Transferrable Skills

Students will develop self management, communication, problem solving, and groupwork skills. Students will further develop personal transferable skills in time management, reflection and analysis of case studies, report and essay writing.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 23.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 141.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% 4 questions from 6
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Report 2000 words