CHEM4309 Occupational Hygiene and Chemical Safety

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
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 Australia 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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a two-hour final examination; (2) communication activities; and (3) a laboratory component. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Allan McKinley
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); ATAR Chemistry
WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
TEE Chemistry
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
CHEM3309 Chemistry in the Workplace
SCIE2231 Nanotechnology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 4 x 3 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]

Archer, R. et al. WHS: a management guide, 4th edn: Cengage Learning 2015

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