UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CHEM4309 Occupational Hygiene and Chemical Safety

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit provides knowledge and understanding of the hazards presented by chemical substances and biological agents, how to work with these materials safely and the consequences of failing to do so. The legislative requirements for management of hazardous substances and biological agents in Western Australia (WA) are introduced. Students search and locate information concerning safety in the handling and storing of chemical substances and biological agents, and interpret this safety literature. Students also evaluate accident reports, assess exposure to hazardous substances in a workplace, and conduct risk assessments on exposure to chemical substances and biological agents.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) gain an understanding of occupational hygiene and chemical safety; (2) understand the fundamentals of working safely with biological agents; (3) learn the legislative requirements for handling and storing hazardous chemical substances and biological agents in WA; (4) access and interpret information concerning the hazards of using and storing hazardous chemical substances; (5) learn how to assess exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace; (6) learn how to conduct a risk assessment for using hazardous substances and apply controls and mitigate these risks; and (7) learn how to conduct workplace inspections to identify hazardous situations.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a two-hour final examination (50 per cent); (2) an assignment (10 per cent); (3) a poster presentation (20 per cent); and (4) a laboratory component (20 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Allan McKinley
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); ATAR Chemistry or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent
Incompatibility: CHEM3309 Chemistry in the Workplace or SCIE2231 Nanotechnology
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 4 x 3 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/CHEM4309/SEM-2/2017

There is no textbook but references to the chemical literature and internet sources are given.

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