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Basic principles in Occupational Hygiene

This introductory course outlines the principles of Occupational Hygiene. It will provide a basis for recognition, evaluation, and control of, and anticipation on hazards, as may be encountered in the workplace. It will pay attention to such items as human physiology, toxicology, risk factors, sources, risk assessment, standards, and control of risk.

The course is meant (1) to “provide a practical understanding of occupational hygiene for people who need to manage or advise on workplace health issues in their employment”, (2) to “provide a foundation for students who wish to undertake more in-depth study in individual occupational hygiene subjects”, and (3) to “inform and enthuse students about the field of occupational hygiene”. The course is meant for professionals (health and safety, but also other) who want to have a broader view on their role and opportunities in health issues in the workplace.

The course consists of ready-to-use material, that can be downloaded free of charge, printed and displayed. A guideline for instructors is added. No on-line interaction is necessary. The material includes tutor lesson plans, powerpoint slides, and tips for exercises.



Original Authors:

A.A. Hirst

Original affiliation, ownership:

Hirst Consulting Ltd

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

OSH experts; or in training

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

Has to be studied

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

5 days


Intellectual property and copyright:

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