Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2014 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr R Stuckey


Introduction to principles & practice of ergonomics. Occupational hygiene as applied to physical hazards: noise, radiation, thermal environments & pressure effects.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. identify and analyse the properties and effects of common occupational physical hazards;
  2. identify common occupational physical hazards and related risks and tools for risk quantification;
  3. identify when further expertise is required and refer appropriately to expert assistance;
  4. apply the principles of the 'hierarchy of controls' to the control of physical hazards, including communicating effectively to workers about the risks;
  5. conduct a simple ergonomic assessment using a systems approach to consider risks to workers from equipment, tools, environment and work design factors; and
  6. interpret the assessment results and develop and effectively communicate appropriate recommendations for risk controls.


Web-based tasks (10%)
Written assignments (45%)
Examination (30%)
Multiple Choice tests (15%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

3 block days

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