Course: Principles of Industrial Hygiene

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Course Description

Principles of Industrial Hygiene provides an introduction to the field of industrial hygiene and to occupational health in general. The instructor focuses on introducing concepts, terminology, and methodology in the practice of industrial hygiene and identifies resource materials. The class would benefit those wishing to pursue a Master's degree in industrial hygiene, those wishing to complete a certificate in occupational health, or for students in allied health fields needing a basic understanding of industrial hygiene.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the legal, professional, and ethical framework for the practice of industrial hygiene.
  • Define basic terms and technical concepts integral to the practice of industrial hygiene.
  • Explain the differences between chemical (gases/vapors, dusts/mists/fumes), physical, and biological agents in the workplace.
  • Calculate time-weighted averages.
  • Convert between various units of exposure (for example, mg/m3 to ppm).
  • Calculate and interpret noise exposures and doses.
  • Identify the basic concepts of workplace exposure assessment.
  • Describe the hierarchy of controls and how it applies to hazard control.
  • Integrate various concepts into a broader occupational/ environmental health practice.
  • Provide a basis for advanced course work in occupational safety and health.


You can buy the textbook, Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (5th edition), National Safety Council Chicago, IL, from any online reseller or through the Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center.

Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center
1830 East Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21205 U.S.
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