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W507 - Health Effects of Hazardous Substances



This course aims to: 

Provide an introduction to the principles of toxicology, physiology and epidemiology. The course will cover the main types of harmful effects to target organs from exposure to chemical hazards at work, and the hazards associated with common hazardous substances.

Learning Outcomes 

On completing this course successfully the student will be able to: 

• Provide definitions of commonly used toxicological terms;

• Describe the main routes by which hazardous substances can enter the body, and the factors which influence their absorption, distribution, storage and elimination;

• Describe the main sources of information on hazardous substances and processes;

• Describe the main features of the principal target organs affected by hazardous substances at work, and the factors which influence the degree of harm; 

• Describe the main routes of exposure and toxic and health effects for hazardous substances commonly encountered in the workplace; 

• Carry out basic interpretation of the results from epidemiological studies. 


Course Format 

Normally run as a 5 day taught course including lectures, tutorials, practical/demonstration sessions, guided reading, overnight questions and examination. There will be a 40 short answer question “open book” examination with an allowed time of 120 minutes. 


1 Basic Principles of Toxicology 25% 

2 Physiology and Target Organs 30% 

3 Epidemiology 15% 

4 Health Effects and Industrial Processes 30% Biological Agents (outlined as annex*) 

Training info

Status: This event is approved by OHTA for the international qualifications scheme
Approved by OHTA
Category: Hazardous Substances
Level: Intermediate
Training provider: Diamond Environmental Ltd


Starts 20 Jan 2020 09:00
Ends 24 Jan 2020 13:00
Course leader Mike Slater MSc,DipOccHyg, FFOH
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