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251.372 Occupational Hygiene (15 credits)

A study of the principles of occupational hygiene and their application to the workplace in New Zealand. Topics include the recognition, evaluation and control of health hazards in the work environment; noise measurement and control; relevant legislation and standards; dust, vapour and gas measurement techniques; ventilation and case studies.

Details Details

  • Year: 2018
  • Mode: Distance
  • Semester: Semester Two full semester
  • Location: N/A
  • Coordinator: A/Pro Ian Laird
  • Subject: Occupational Health and Safety
  • College: College of Health

Online component Details

  • Online component: Course Guide and Administration - Access to an online learning environment is required so students can access the Course Guide, expected learning outcomes and assessment tasks. The online learning environment may also be required to access supplementary study resources and for the electronic submission of assignments. Core study resources will be supplied directly to students. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help


  • Start Date: Monday 16 July, 2018
  • End date: Sunday 18 November, 2018

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 30 July, 2018
  • Without academic penalty: Monday 15 October, 2018

Contact workshops

There is no contact workshop for this course


Course fees for 2018

  • Domestic Students: NZD $730.06 *
  • International Students NZD $3,461.25 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply to 2018 enrolments. Domestic students may be eligible for free fees in their first year.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key principles and basic concepts of occupational hygiene practice.
  2. Calculate dust, vapour and gas concentrations in air using practical examples.
  3. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of types of stresses in the thermal environment, the measurement of the thermal environment, the effects of heat and cold on the body and the thermal indices used in the evaluation of thermal conditions.
  4. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the principles of ventilation and calculate adequate volume flow rates.
  5. Understand the principles of lighting and how adequate illumination levels are determined.
  6. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the principles of noise measurement and to determine whether noise levels in a particular situation are excessive.
  7. Have an understanding of how occupational hygiene surveys are undertaken and the principles of exposure assessment.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting Note
1 Written Assignment 1,7 20.0% n/a
2 Written Assignment 2,3,4,5,6 20.0% n/a
3 Exam (centrally scheduled) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 60.0% n/a

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.

Completion requirements

To pass the course students must achieve at least 40% in the final examination.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • Monitoring For Health Hazards In The Workplace.
    Author: Cherrie, J., Howie, R., & Semple, S.
    Edition: 4th - 2010
    Publisher: London: Wiley-Blackwell

  • Workplace Exposure Standards And Biological Exposure Indices
    Edition: 7th Edition: 2013
    Publisher: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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