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W507 Health Effects of Hazardous Substances


This  W507 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.

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.

The W507 is run as a 5 day course with a practical assessment and written examination on the final day, currently a 40 short answer question “open book” examination with an allowed time of 120 minutes.


The topics covered in the W507 Module include: -

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*) for reference only.

The full Module contents can be found in the W507 syllabus in the OH Learning approved training materials  section of the web site.

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


Location Chester, England
Starts 05 Feb 2018 09:00
Ends 09 Feb 2018 13:00
Course leader Mike Slater, M.Sc, DipOccHyg, FFOH
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