2nd Edition

Principles of Occupational Health and Hygiene
An introduction

ISBN 9781743311295
Published September 27, 2013 by Routledge
544 Pages

USD $42.95

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Book Description

Today's workplaces are full of materials and processes which are potentially hazardous to our health. Industry depends on a large range of naturally occurring and synthetic materials, many of which can adversely affect the health of the workers. Even some non-industrial workplaces can contain hazardous materials or cause exposure to physical or biological agents that can be harmful to health.

Principles of Occupational Health and Hygiene offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of occupational health hazards and hazardous environments encountered in a range of industries and organisational settings.

Leading industry professionals and educators explain how to identify key workplace hazards including chemical agents such as dusts, metals and gases; physical agents such as noise, radiation and extremes of heat and cold; and microbiological agents. They outline assessment procedures and processes for identifying exposure levels. They also explain how to evaluate risk and follow safety guidelines to control and manage these hazards effectively.

Chapters are heavily illustrated with detailed case studies, diagrams, flowcharts and photos. Practical guidelines are provided for managing each hazard type. The second edition has been extensively revised and updated, with new chapters on industrial ventilation, personal protective equipment and emerging issues in the field, and reflects the recent changes in Workplace Health and Safety legislation relating to the hazards discussed.

Principles of Occupational Health and Hygiene is an ideal resource for students of Occupational Health and Safety, and a professional reference for Occupational Hygienists, Occupational Health and Safety professionals, and anyone working in an Occupational Health and Safety role.

Table of Contents



Author biographies

Abbreviations and definitions


1 The hazardous work environment: the hygiene challenge - Dr David Grantham AM

2 Occupational health, basic toxicology and epidemiology - Dr John Edwards and Dr Geza Benke

3 The concept of the exposure standard - Robert Golec and Dr David Grantham AM

4 Control of workplace health hazards - Garry Gately and Dr David Grantham AM

5 Industrial ventilation - Dr David Bromwich

6 Personal protective equipment - Garry Gately

7 Aerosols - Geoff Pickford, Dr Brian Davies AM, Linda Apthorpe

8 Metals in the workplace - Ian Firth and Gary Rhyder

9 Gases and vapours - Noel Tresider, Kate Leahy and Aleks Todorovic

10 Biological and biological-effect monitoring - Dr John Edwards

11 Indoor air quality - Dr Sue Reed and Michael Shepherd

12 Noise and vibration - Beno Groothoff

13 Radiation: ionising and non-ionising - Roy Schmid and Michelle Wakelam

14 The thermal environment - Dr Ross Di Corleto

15 Lighting - Martin Jennings

16 Biological hazards - Dr Margaret Davidson and Sarah Thornton

17 Emerging and evolving issues - Dr Dino Pisaniello, Dr Howard Morris, Dr Bob Rajan OBE and Dr Sue Reed


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Dr Sue Reed FAIOH COH is Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University and President-Elect of the AIOH.

Dr DINO PISANIELLO FAIOH COH has a PhD in chemistry and a master's degree in Public Health. He is currently Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and Head of the Discipline of Public Health at the University of Adelaide.

Dr GEZA BENKE FAIOH COH has a BSc (Physics), MAppSc (Environmental Engineering) and PhD (Epidemiology). He is currently Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.

KERRIE BURTON MAIOH COH holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in chemistry and a Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hygiene from Deakin University. She is currently Occupational Hygiene Team Leader at BlueScope Steel and Education Coordinator for the AIOH.