The aim of this module is to equip you with the detailed knowledge of the requirements of health surveillance and systematic critical understanding of the practice of health surveillance in the workplace, including the limitations of screening processes in the detection of occupational disease.
The running of this module is dependent on there being sufficient numbers of interest.
This module may be studied as part of the University Advanced Diploma (UAD) Occupational Health.
The module will introduce you to the different legal requirements for providing health surveillance in the workplace and the different methods of surveillance in relation to a variety of occupational exposures. Potential routes of exposure, such as respiratory, dermal and ingestion will be considered.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and systematic critical understanding of the legal requirements for conducting health surveillance in the workplace.
- Show a critical understanding of the practice of different types of health surveillance in relation to different types of complex occupational exposures.
- Critically explain the appropriateness of a particular form of health surveillance, in relation to a specific occupational exposure, emphasising the quality assurance systems and processes used for this type of surveillance.
- Outline how the results of health surveillance can be communicated to management and employees and what action abnormal findings should trigger.
Indicative core bibliography
British Occupational Health Research Foundation. (2004) Occupational Asthma: a guide for occupational health physicians and occupational health practitioners . London
Health and Safety Executive (2005) Control of Substances Hazardous to Health: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002) ACOP L5 5th edition Sudbury: HSE Books
Health and Safety Executive (2005) The Control of Noise at Work Regulations . Sudbury: HSE Books
Health and Safety Executive. (2004) Causes of asthma - occupational and work related asthma and symptoms. Health and Safety Executive. London
Kloss, D. (2010) Occupational Health Law 5 th edition.London: Wiley-Blackwell
Lewis, J. & Thonbory, G. (2010) Employment law and occupational health: a practical handbook . 2 nd edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
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Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
This module has been planned in the light of the Royal College of Nursing (2011) Occupational Health Career and Competence Development Guidance. To be eligible to study this module you should be able to apply it to your practice.
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