OH1: Exposure-related health effects

Module Description:


People may be exposed to various contaminants in the workplace. A sound understanding of how people come in contact with these contaminants, how these substances enter the human body, and what effects they have is the essential basis for the daily work of occupational hygienists. In this module, students learn to apply the toxicological properties of various contaminants to the evaluation of health risks at the workplace.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Find relevant information in literature and websites
  • Apply the basic concepts of toxicology
  • Determine where a biomonitoring survey is required
  • Evaluate potential hazards and risks of known and unknown contaminants


  • Basic principles of physiology and toxicology
  • Exposure routes
  • Characteristics of toxic effects
  • Dermal and respiratory toxicity
  • Cancer and mutagens
  • Biomonitoring
  • Identification of relevant literature and databases
  • Problem-solving, first aid for intoxicated workers

Dates and location

26–29 September 2016 in Lausanne

Registration Deadline

26 June 2016


CHF 2,720.–