Health Hazards of Workplace Chemicals

This course has been offered annually in the past, but because of declining interest, we are no longer offering it on a regular basis. If you are interested in the course, please contact us via the contact page and we will place your name on a contact list to inform you of our plans for it. If there is sufficient interest, we will offer it again. We may also offer it as an online course.

This course was designed for occupational health professionals with little or no background in toxicology. It does however assume some knowledge of basic chemistry and biology. It goes well beyond the health effects information supplied in typical workplace safety programs. After completing the course, participants will be able to recognize and evaluate chemical hazards in the workplace; understand the mechanisms by which industrial chemicals produce toxic effects; understand how the chemical structure and physical properties of a foreign chemical determine how it will interact with biological systems; recognize the variable factors that can affect toxicity.

An understanding of basic toxicological principles is important in developing measures to protect workers from exposure to potentially toxic substances in the workplace. This understanding includes both information on the general mechanisms by which various classes of chemicals exert their toxic effects and the specific toxicological properties of the most widely encountered industrial chemicals.

It is important to understand the procedures by which foreign chemicals are absorbed into the body, distributed to various tissues and ultimately excreted from the body. It is also necessary to recognize the biochemical changes these chemicals undergo in the body. This biotransformation may result in the detoxification of some chemicals making them less harmful. Other chemicals can be bioactivated by biotransformation, making them more hazardous. This course will cover these topics as well as describing the effects of toxic agents on specific target organs including the respiratory system, liver, kidney, skin, and the nervous and reproductive systems. The development of appropriate workplace exposure standards and guidelines such as the ACGIH TLVs and Biological Exposure Indices1 will be discussed and the appropriate application of these exposure limits will be described.

This course will provide participants with a better understanding of the mechanisms by which industrial chemicals may affect the health of exposed workers. Emphasis will also be placed on understanding how to correctly apply occupational exposure limits. The course has been designed for occupational hygienists,  environmental engineers and technologists who want to enhance their knowledge of the relationship between industrial chemical exposures and human health.

The course has been awarded 1 RM point by CRBOH and counts as 7 hours of technical content for certification maintenance with ABIH. To download the course description or course registration form, select the following links.

Course Description (PDF) Registration Form (PDF)

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