W201 – “Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene”

Course overview

W201 Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene training course has been developed by the International Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) for which BOHS is the UK examining board.  It is an introductory course which outlines the broad principles of Occupational Hygiene in the workplace.

The training course will be run as a 3 day Webinar/On-Line event.

W201 is recommended for those delegates considering progressing through the BOHS P600 LEV series of courses (P601 , P602 , P603 , P604 ) towards the award of Certificate in Operational Competence (Control); ie CoC(Control).  In this case W201 may also enable the applicant to apply to BOHS for Specialist Licentiate status of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (LFOH(S)).

As with all OXYL8 training courses, comprehensive training course handouts and support material will be provided with post-course access to the dedicated Delegate Area of this website where additional W201 Course resources are available.

W201 Course Content

  • Introduction to occupational hygiene
  • Human physiology
  • Chemical hazard recognition
  • Physical hazards recognition
  • Hazard evaluation
  • Control of hazards.

Learning objectives

On successful completion of this W201 course module the delegate will have a basic understanding of:

  • The value of occupational hygiene and the role of the occupational hygienist
  • The range of hazards [physical and chemical] in the workplace
  • Hazard recognition techniques
  • Sources and potential routes of exposure
  • Hazard evaluation, exposure assessment and the measurement processes
  • Methods of controlling exposure
  • The management of occupational hygiene programmes.

Prerequisites

There are no educational pre-requisites for this W201 Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene course. It is run as a 3-day taught course [minimum teaching hours 20] with revision/homework questions to be completed in the evenings.

The exam is in the form of a 20 short-answer question ‘open book’ on-line examination on the last afternoon with an allowed time of 60 minutes.

Who should attend?

  • LEV plant designers
  • LEV Examiners and testers
  • Health and safety professionals
  • Occupational health specialists (including physicians and nurses).
  • Specialists who want a broader appreciation of how their role interfaces with other professions over health issues in the workplace, in subjects such as
    • Acoustics
    • Ergonomics
    • Human factors
    • Occupational psychology
    • Organisation
    • Biosafety
    • Acoustics
    • Engineering
    • Analytical chemistry.

Towards professional recognition?

A W201 certificate can be added to other BOHS modules e.g. P601 , P602 , P603 and P604 (in various combinations) to gain further professional recognition through BOHS (e.g. Certificate of Operational Competence (Control) – which permits the successful candidates to use the post-nominal letters ‘CoC Control’ after their name).

Tutors

  Bill Cassells    BSc MPhil DSH CEng CMIOSH FIPlantE FSOE FRSPH RSP
  Hazel Griffiths   BSc LFOH

LinkedIn Profiles
Bill – http://www.linkedin.com/in/ bill-cassells-216a83b8
Hazel – https://www.linkedin.com/in/hazel-griffiths-862823a5/

W201 Course programme

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this course please call the tutor, Bill on 07970 754 632.

Introduction to occupational hygiene and human physiology

  • Definition of occupational hygiene.
  • History and background of the development of occupational hygiene. The importance of occupational hygiene today.
  • Introduction to the physiology of the human body
  • Physiological and psychological effects of occupational exposures to chemical and physical agents.

Chemical hazard and physical hazards recognition
Basic principles of risk assessments, definitions of hazard and risk with brief mention of expert systems and control banding.

  • Noise and vibration
  • Thermal stress
  • Introduction to the electromagnetic spectrum and the various bands of non-ionising radiation
  • Lighting in the workplace
  • Ionising radiations
  • Introduction to musculoskeletal injuries, ergonomics etc
  • Overview of the hazards associated with the use of display screen equipment.

Hazard Evaluation

  • Measurements (vapours, gases aerosols and dust using techniques for sampling)
  • Analytical methods
  • Hygiene standards and occupational exposure limits
  • Units of measurement, time-weighting, simple calculations/algebra
  • Compliance with statutory limits
  • Introduction to principles of epidemiological principles
  • Standard setting
  • Biological monitoring and health surveillance
  • Noise measurement
  • Measurement of the thermal environment
  • Principles of assessment of vibration
  • Non-ionising & ionising radiations
  • Principles of ergonomic risk assessment.

Control of Hazards

  • Elimination of the hazard
  • Substitution or change of form of material
  • Enclosures and process design
  • Basic principles of general ventilation and local exhaust ventilation
  • Personal protection (PPE, RPE and hearing protection etc.)
  • General ventilation and air conditioning.

Assessment

The overall assessment for this module consists of an ‘open book’ written on-line examination of 20 short answer questions to be answered in 60 minutes.

Fees

£895 (+exam fee £140) + VAT / delegate

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Customer Reviews

“Bill I must thank you for a very enjoyable LEV course. I have to say that, the way you developed the information was first class – the delivery was fluent, natural – in fact it came across as extemporaneous! It was also very informative about the subject so as to enable us to undertake the practical aspects out on site. I don’t profess to be an expert in such matters – but I thought it was very well done and it’s no surprise that your pass rate is high. ( I just hope to be in that statistic!)”

Damien M

“I would like to give Bill Cassells a huge shout-out. Absolutely fantastic Tutor with more knowledge in LEV training than anyone I have ever met. Just received my LEV certificates today in both P601 and P602. Without the help of Bill this probably wouldn’t have happened. Anybody thinking on doing these LEV courses, look no further than this Man. I will hopefully be doing the P604 Course at some point also.”

Gary S

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