Course Description

The Occupational Health and Safety Management Certificate Program is currently under review.  As of October 2019, we are not accepting new applicants until this process is completed.

It is our intention to have a new certificate program in place by Fall 2020.

The courses currently scheduled can be taken by those that have started their certificates and can be taken as stand-alone courses for anyone with an interest in these topics.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause.

The profession of Occupational Hygiene addresses the prevention and minimizing of workplace injury and disease based on extensive knowledge of the potential for workplace injuries and disease and an understanding of the physiological basis of damage (immediate, short and long term) to the human body. This course will place significant emphasis on the manager's ability to understand and consider the hygiene strategies in approaching potential workplace hazards. In discussing the physiological basis of potential harm to the worker(s), exposure routes will be identified and controls recommended preventing or minimizing harm from such hazards. Adequate exhaust ventilation and other controls will be discussed for particularly harmful airborne materials, as well as other engineering and administrative controls in a variety of work situations. Finally, personal protective equipment will be reviewed for use when other controls cannot sufficiently remove the hazard or when controls fail (emergency situations). In addition to the protection of workers from workplace hazards the course will include discussions on awareness of ergonomic issues, stress minimization and promotion of healthy and safe work environments.

Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) Approved Program

This is a required course in the Occupational Health & Safety Management program and an elective course in the Certificate in Environmental Management program.

Who Should Attend

This course will benefit those with OH&S and Environmental responsibilities, HR professionals, engineers, labour representatives, nurses, safety specialists, workers' compensation personnel.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the basics of Occupational Hygiene and its role in providing and promoting healthy and safe work environments
  • Develop an understanding of general and specific hazards and their potential effect on workers, including basic anatomy and science in terms of potential for harm
  • Be knowledgeable in the principles of hazard minimization and in recommending controls to accomplish this goal
  • Recognize the meaning of dose and concentration, immediate danger to life and health, dose assessment and the ALARA and precautionary avoidance principles
  • Recognize the increasing roles of stress and demographics in health and safety, as well as initiatives in health promotion and wellness

The main objective of this course is to educate managers in methods of recognizing and minimizing the potential for exposures, that is, prevention rather than reactive measures. This course will provide attendees with an overview of occupational hygiene and its role in workplace health and safety. Safety controls, including elimination/substitution, engineering and administrative controls for a variety of potential and specific hazards will be discussed, as well as the use and limitations of personal protective equipment at work and in emergency response.

Course Outline

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Days 2-4 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be a 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon coffee break. A light lunch is included.

Day 1

8:00 Registration
8:30 Introductions and Course Overview
  • The Role of Occupational Hygiene in Hazard Recognition, Evaluation and Controls
  • History, Objectives, Math and Science Review (Chemistry / Biology)
12:00 Lunch (in the classroom)
1:00 The Hazard Pathways, Target Organs and Surveillance
  • Toxicology
  • Physiology
  • Epidemiology

Day 2

8:30 Laws and Standards
  • Standard Setting Agencies
  • Applicable laws related to occupational hygiene and health standards
  • Exposure Standards
12:00 Lunch (in the classroom)
1:00 Hazard and Risk Assessment
  • Chemical (lead, mercury, asbestos)
  • Physical (noise, vibration, thermal, ionizing radiation, non-ionizing radiation)
  • Biological (biohazards, fungus, mold)
  • Ergonomics (musclo-skeletal injuries)
  • Psychosocial (stress)

Day 3

8:30 Occupational Hygiene Methods
12:00 Lunch (in the classroom)
  • Air sampling, air sampling instruments, sampling strategies, analytical techniques
  • Hazard Assessment and Specific Issues - Indoor Air Quality
  • Project assignment and initial review of requirements

Day 4

8:30 Control and Prevention Measures
  • Control of hazards, including elimination/substitution, ventilation, engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment
  • Control system failure and emergency response
12:00 Lunch (in the classroom)
1:00 Resources
  • Review and discussion of take home assignment


Jim P. LeBlanc is the senior Occupational Hygiene instructor with Safety P.A.T.H. OHS Education and Consulting. He has been in the fields of occupational health and occupational safety since 1979, both, as a private consultant and as a senior regulator with the Province of Nova Scotia.

During his 30+ years of employment with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour Jim held the positions of Executive Director of the OHS Division; Director of Occupational Health; Director of Safety Training; and Occupational Hygienist.  Jim also worked in the private sector as a senior Occupational Hygiene consultant. He is a highly knowledgeable instructor with experience teaching at Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University.  Jim has a very extensive list of professional memberships and activities.


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