OSH40040 Chemical Safety and Toxicology

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module focuses on chemical actions and interactions in the human body and the potential effects of major classes of toxicants to human health. The principles of chemical hazard risk assessment are addressed, and the appropriate control and preventive strategies for hazardous chemicals are introduced. The interaction between OSH practices and environmental licensing and public health impact assessment is introduced.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students will be able to:

Apply the principles of toxicology to the identification, assessment, control and management of chemical hazards in the workplace and as appropriate to the larger environment.

Devise appropriate evidence-based control and management strategies to ensure chemical safety in the workplace.

Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of relevant legislation, literature and global and European initiatives aimed at reducing risks in this context.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to toxicology
Dose Response
Toxic Chemicals
Blood Toxicology
Chemical Risk Assessment
Chemical Transportation and Management
Environmental Licensing
Public health impact assessment

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Face to face lectures
Problem based learning
Online specified learning activities
Autonomous learning
Learning through assessment
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Chemical Safety and Toxicology (SHWW40040)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Essay Part 2 Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Project: Essay Part 1 Week 6 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will provided alongside provisional grades within 20 working days of submission on Brightspace.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 20 Tues 14:00 - 15:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 14:00 - 16:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 20 Tues 15:00 - 16:50