MSc in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OESH)

 

Recent developments in areas such as legislation, global trade, rapidly changing technology, have placed new expectations, and the demands of occupational and environmental safety and health on governments, environmental management, business enterprises, educational institutions, trade unions, workers and the public. Within this scenario, there is urgent and growing need for the development of a cadre of professionals with competencies in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OESH). Developed in 2005, in Mona, Jamaica, UWI’s OESH Programme addresses the growing requirement for all employers, managers, supervisors, policy makers and public leaders to have a functional awareness of the key issues related to environmental and occupational safety and health. The Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health commenced at the St. Augustine campus in September 2009.

Objectives

 

The master’s programme is designed to prepare persons to function in key areas such as:

Enforcement - to ensure compliance, research and development, training, organisational systems and practice, policy and standards development. Graduates would be able to develop, design, implement and manage complex OESH programmes and systems and to provide consultancy services and to educate others.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have either a first degree or its equivalent in basic or applied sciences; candidates with any other bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with suitable work experience, will also be considered.

 

DELIVERY MODE

Intense, modular, face-to-face sessions conducted on weekends and holidays, a few weekdays (when foreign lecturers are involved), and agreed evenings. Full-time practitioners in the OESH field are especially encouraged to apply. The programme will be delivered by international, regional and local lecturers.

 

COURSE OF STUDY

For the M.Sc. in OESH, students are required to complete 34 credits of core courses, and a research project of 9 credits as outlined below. Each four-credit course consists of 48 hours of lectures and field visits and/or laboratory work, where applicable. Full-time students will normally require 18 months and part-time students three years to complete the programme requirements. The full-time programme will normally consist of two semesters of coursework and examinations, followed by the research project while the part-time programme involves four semesters of coursework and examinations, followed by the research project.

 

COURSE EVALUATION

This involves coursework, in-course tests, and a three- hour written examination paper at the end of each semester.

 

Year I

Semester 1 (17 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
OESH 6100 Advanced Environmental Health 4
OESH 6200 Advanced Occupational Safety and Health 4
OESH 6000 OESH and Public Policy 4
OESH 6600 Independent Study and Research Method 4
OESH 6300 Seminar 1

 

Semester 2 (17 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
OESH 6030 Advanced Environmental Health 4
OESH 6010

Advanced Topics in OESH:Measurement methods and Ventilation

4
OESH 6040 Advanced OESH Management Systems 4
OESH 6050 Advanced Topics in OESH: Ergonomics 4
OESH 6300 Seminar 1

 

Year II

Course Code Course Title Credits
OESH 6700 Research Project 4

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: OESH 6000

COURSE TITLE: OESH AND PUBLIC POLICY

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Understanding of the complex, dynamic and delicate relationship between business pursuits, public interests and public policy. For example, fundamentals of public policy-definition, goals and objectives of public policies (regulations, legislation). People, policy agenda, policy institutions, policy formulations, policy implementation and evaluation.

Assessment:

Coursework and in-course tests - 50%.

Final examination: One two-hour written paper - 50%.

 

SEMESTER: 2

COURSE CODE: OESH 6010

COURSE TITLE: ADVANCED TOPICS IN OESH:

MEASUREMENT METHODS AND VENTILATION

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Respiratory system; Dermal exposure. Threshold limit vales and permissible exposure limits. Instruments/equipment used in OESH, including outdoor indoor (air, dust), workplace (air, skin), source emission (both stationary and mobile sources) and noise pollution measuring techniques, in both real-time and with time-integration. Environmental and personal exposure measurements. Calibration, service and preventive maintenance. Survey preparations and performance. Field and Laboratory Analytical Methods practices. Laboratory accreditation. Certification of analysts (biological, chemical and physical measurements). General principles of ventilation, including principles of air flow, duct losses, acceleration of air and hood losses and exhaust systems. Dilution ventilation principles including dilution ventilation for; health, fire and explosion and mixtures. Exhaust Hoods- capture velocity, worker position effect and hood design factors. Air cleaning devices. Principles of exhaust system design. Acute heat disorders.

Assessment:

Coursework: personal and area sampling in the field and written reports - 50%.

Final examination: One three-hour written paper - 50%.

 

SEMESTER: 2

COURSE CODE: OESH 6030

COURSE TITLE: ADVANCED TOPICS IN OESH: OESH

DISORDERS

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Understanding of advanced concepts of occupational safety and hygiene. Chemical hazards in industries. Hazardous substances in industries and their target organs. Respiratory disorders -pneumoconiosis. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Occupational Illness vs. Work -Related. HIV/Aids as a work place issue. ILO Code of Practice on HIV/Aids and the world of work. Policy and legislation for impacting HIV/Aids in the workplace. ILO Conventions (Health and Safety).

Assessment:

Course work: written reports - 50%.

Final examination: One three-hour written paper - 50%.

 

SEMESTER: 2

COURSE CODE: OESH 6040

COURSE TITLE: ADVANCED OESH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advanced exposure Assessment techniques, including self Assessment of exposure. Exposure Assessment strategies and models, such as control banding. Delivery of occupational and environmental health services. Global warming and trans-boundary pollution transport. Hazardous waste management. Management of air quality and water resources. Basic land-use planning. Occupational and environmental audit systems. Disaster management.

Assessment:

Course work: laboratory reports and in-course tests - 50%.

Final examination: One two-hour written paper - 50%.

 

SEMESTER: 2

COURSE CODE: OESH 6050

COURSE TITLE: ADVANCED TOPICS IN OESH: ERGONOMICS

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advanced understanding of  Ergonomicsincluding work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Evaluating ergonomic risk factors, application of ergonomics to design of work space and tools, and office ergonomics.

Assessment:

Coursework: in-course test and field work, with written reports - -50%.

Final examination: One three-hour written paper - 50%.

 

SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: OESH 6100

COURSE TITLE: ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advanced understanding of concepts and issues of environmental health, including environmental toxicology and risk assessment, population dynamics and geographical information systems, environmental hazards, indoor air quality, ambient air quality, soil pollution, water pollution, sanitation and wastewater treatment, solid waste disposal and mining pollution, environmental noise, emissions control technologies for air, environmental auditing and impact assessments, environmental impact of tourism, national and regional guidelines, standards and regulations, and International guidelines, standards and regulations.

Assessment:

Coursework: laboratory and field studies - 50%.

Final examination: one, two-hour written paper - 50%.

 

SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: OESH 6200

COURSE TITLE: ADVANCED OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Develop a deep understanding of advanced concepts of occupational safety and hygiene. For example, OSH professionals and the resources available to assist them, contemporary methods of toxicology and risk assessment of workplace hazards, contemporary issues on chemical hazards in the workplace, measurement of chemical hazards in the workplace, measurement of physical hazards in the workplace, ergonomics, occupational epidemiology, and national, regional and international guidelines, standards and regulations.

Assessment:

Coursework: laboratory - 20%; field survey and report - 30%.

Final examination: One two-hour written paper - 50%.

 

SEMESTER: 1 and 2

COURSE CODE: OESH 6300

COURSE TITLE: SEMINAR

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will attend seminars or technical presentation once a week, and will be required to prepare and make presentations once per semester.

 

SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: OESH 6600

COURSE TITLE: INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH METHODS IN OESH

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 4

COURSE DESCRIPTION: OESH area to be chosen in consultation with a supervisor; study must be on current issues and phenomena in OESH and is designed to prepare students for a productive research project. Learning activities include critical and extensive literature review, use of library and electronic sources of information, definition of a research question, research goals and objectives, anticipated results of study and their significance, research methodologies and ethics, including instrumentation where applicable, results and their interpretation, discussion and conclusions, and literature cited.

Assessment:

Coursework: laboratory reports and in-course tests - 50%.

One research paper - 50%.

 

SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: OESH 6700

COURSE TITLE: RESEARCH PROJECT

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 9

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This involves an independent research programme supervised by academic staff members. OESH areas are to be chosen in consultation with a supervisor. Study must be on current issues and phenomena in OESH. The project designed to prepare students for productive research.