The W500 module series are a set of intermediate level qualifications which can be standalone in a particular subject or lead towards higher level professional qualifications such as the Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene.
1. W501 Measurement of Hazardous Substances
Provides sound understanding of the techniques for assessing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace and how exposure information can be used to assess risk.
2. W502 Assessment and Control of the Thermal Environment
Provides a sound understanding of the effects of the thermal environment on people and means of assessing and controlling the risks associated with thermal stress
3. W503 Assessment and Control of Noise
Provides an appreciation of the nature of noise hazards in the workplace and the effects of noise on people.
4. W504 Asbestos and Other Fibres
Enhances the student’s knowledge of Occupational Hygiene practice in relation to fibrous dusts.
The module concentrates on asbestos but also covers other fibres, such as machine-made mineral fibres, aramids and carbon, which are increasingly being used in industry.
5. W505 Control of Hazardous Substances
Provides an understanding of the ways in which exposure to hazardous substances arises in the workplace, and introduces the methodologies and technologies available to control exposures and reduce risks to health.
6. W506 Ergonomics
Provides a broad introduction to ergonomic principles and their application in the design of work, equipment and the workplace.
Consideration is given to musculo-skeletal disorders, manual handling and ergonomic aspects of the environment as well as to the social and legal aspects.
7. W507 Health Effects of Hazardous Substances
Provides 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.