June 19 - May 26, 2023

Course Overview

This course aims to:

Provide an introduction to the principles of toxicology, physiology and epidemiology. The course will cover the main types of harmful effects to target organs from exposure to chemical hazards at work, and the hazards associated with common hazardous substances.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Provide definitions of commonly used toxicological terms;
  • Describe the main routes by which hazardous substances can enter the body, and the factors which influence their absorption, distribution, storage and elimination;
  • Describe the main sources of information on hazardous substances and processes;
  • Describe the main features of the principal target organs affected by hazardous substances at work, and the factors which influence the degree of harm;
  • Describe the main routes of exposure and toxic and health effects for hazardous substances commonly encountered in the workplace;
  • Carry out basic interpretation of the results from epidemiological studies.

Course Content





Basic Principles of Toxicology

Physiology and Target Organs


Health Effects and Industrial Processes Biological Agents (outlined as annex*)





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.