November 11 - November 18, 2024

Course Overview

This course aims to:

Provide the student with a sound understanding of the effects of the thermal environment on people, and

the means of assessing and controlling the risks associated with thermal stress.

Learning Outcomes

On completing this course successfully, the student will be able to:

• Identify sources of thermal stress within the working environment.

• Understand the nature of thermal strain on the body.

• Make an assessment of the thermal environment through appropriate measurement and other means.

• Evaluate the likely risk from exposure to thermal stress.

• Suggest appropriate control approaches for the thermal environment.

Course Content

Course Format

Normally run as a 5 day taught course [minimum 45 hours including practical/demonstration sessions,

lectures, tutorials, guided reading, overnight questions and examination].

There will be a 40 short answer question ‘open book’ examination with an allowed time of 120minutes.


TopicTitleTime Allocation
1The Thermal Spectrum5%
3Effects of Temperature Extremes10%
4Thermal Comfort5%
5Evaluation of Hot Environments15%
6Control of Hot Environments15%
7Thermal Surveys10%
8Evaluation of Cold Environments10%
9Control of Cold Environments15%
10Approaches to Risk Assessment5%

Note: Reference is made to standards and good practice documentation. This may not be the most up-to-date relevant publications and is intended as guidance for candidates only.