OHS100 - Industrial Hygiene

Outline info
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Subject Title
Industrial Hygiene

Subject Description
Workplace safety encompasses the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of chemical, physical and biological hazards arising in or from the workplace. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and other relevant legislation are explored.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Set priorities in industrial hygiene.

2. Apply basic principles of industrial (occupational) hygiene;

3. Recognize, evaluate and control workplace hazards;

4. Examine relevant health and safety legislation, standards and guidelines;

5. Discuss the importance and role of the occupational health team.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • basic principles of industrial (occupational) hygiene
  • recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards
  • common industrial hazards (overview).
  • relevant health and safety legislation, standards and guidelines
  • the occupational health team

Mode of Instruction

This course will involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, mandatory group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Samples of learning activities include:

  • Reading lesson notes and case studies
  • Internet research
  • Participation in discussion forums and chats
  • Review quizzes
Platform:  Blackboard

Prescribed Texts

Title: Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
Author: National Safety Council
Edition: 6th
ISBN: 978-0-87912-312-3
Special Instructions No substitute for textbooks unless otherwise stated
Title: Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substance & Physical Agents & the Biological Exposure Indices
Author: American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienist
Edition: 2018
ISBN-13: 9781607260974

Reference Material
Accident Prevention Manual, for Business & Industry, Administration  & Programs, 12th edition, National Safety Council

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Discussion (asynchronous) activities  20%
Project #1 20%
Project #2 20%
Final Project 40%

Note: the passing grade for this course is 60%.

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.

  • Assignments are due on the date given by the instructor.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.


Approved by: Sharon Estok