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MPH2044 - Ergonomic and physical hazards

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr D Fish


Alfred Hospital Second semester 2007 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Physical hazards encountered in occupational and general environments, methods of recognition, evaluation and control applicable. Introduction to principles and practice of ergonomics, occupational hygiene as applied to physical hazards. Biomechanics, physical design of tasks, task physiology and perception, noise, radiations, thermal environments and pressure effects.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe the properties and effects of common physical hazards;
  2. conduct simple measurements related to physical hazards and interpret the results;
  3. describe control measures as applied to physical hazards;
  4. conduct an ergonomic assessment;
  5. describe the health related impacts of global changes.


Web-based tasks 20%
Written assignments 50%
Examination 30%

Contact hours

20 contact hours over 4 days

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

20 contact hours over 4 days