OHS Education and Consulting - Helping Workplaces to Stay Safe and Stay Productive, Everyday!
Occupational Hygiene for Managers

In partnership with Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dates:  Fall 2017 - Exact date TBA
Location:  Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
To Register:  Click Here

This is a required course in the Occupational Health & Safety Management program and an elective course in the Certificate in Environmental Management program. 

The profession of Occupational Hygiene addresses the prevention and minimizing of workplace injury and disease based on extensive knowledge of the potential for workplace injuries and disease and an understanding of the physiological basis of damage (immediate, short and long term) to the human body. This course will place significant emphasis on the manager's ability to understand and consider the hygiene strategies in approaching potential workplace hazards. 

In discussing the physiological basis of potential harm to the worker(s), exposure routes will be identified and controls recommended to prevent or minimize harm from such hazards. Adequate exhaust ventilation and other controls will be discussed for particularly harmful airborne materials, as well as other engineering and administrative controls in a variety of work situations. 

Finally, personal protective equipment will be reviewed for use when other controls cannot sufficiently remove the hazard or when controls fail (emergency situations). In addition to the protection of workers from workplace hazards the course will include discussions on awareness of ergonomic issues, stress minimization and promotion of healthy and safe work environments.

The main objective of this course is to educate managers in methods of recognizing and minimizing the potential for exposures, that is, prevention rather than reactive measures. This course will provide attendees with an overview of occupational hygiene and its role in workplace health and safety. 

Safety controls, including elimination/substitution, engineering and administrative controls for a variety of potential and specific hazards will be discussed, as well as the use and limitations of personal protective equipment at work and in emergency response. 

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:15 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:30 p.m. Days 2-4 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:30 p.m. There will be a 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon coffee break. Lunch is on your own from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Who Should Attend 
This course will benefit those with OH&S and Environmental responsibilities, HR professionals, engineers, labour representatives, nurses, safety specialists, workers' compensation personnel.

  • Understand the basics of Occupational Hygiene and its role in providing and promoting healthy and safe work environments
  • Develop an understanding of general and specific hazards and their potential effect on workers, including basic anatomy and science in terms of potential for harm
  • Be knowledgeable in the principles of hazard minimization and in recommending controls to accomplish this goal
  • Recognize the meaning of dose and concentration, immediate danger to life and health, dose assessment and the ALARA and precautionary avoidance principles
  • Recognize the increasing roles of stress and demographics in health and safety, as well as initiatives in health promotion and wellness 

Program Content 

Instructor:  Jim P. LeBlanc, Safety P.A.T.H. Inc. 

Day 1   8:30 
Registration 8:45 
Introductions and Course Overview 
- The Role of Occupational Hygiene in Hazard Recognition, Evaluation and Controls
- The Hazard Pathway, Target Organs and Prevention Measures   

Day 2   8:30 
Hygiene Methods
- Hazard Assessment and Specific Issues - Indoor Air Quality
- Hazard examples: Asbestos, Mould, Lead, Mercury, Biohazards, Radiation   

Day 3   8:30 
- Control of hazards, including elimination/substitution, engineering controls, administrative
controls and personal protective equipment
- Machine guarding, lock-out, confined space, work permits
- Control failure and emergency response   

Day 4   8:30 
Physical Hazards in the Workplace
- Noise and Vibration, Thermal Concerns, Ionizing (Nuclear, Health Care, Research, Industrial) and Non-Ionizing Radiation (Lasers, Electro-Magnetic Fields)
- Workplace ergonomics (office and materials handling), stress, health and safety demographic concerns, motivation and health promotion.
- Review of take home assignment 

Jim P. LeBlanc is a senior Occupational Hygiene instructor and consultant with Safety P.A.T.H. OHS Education and Consulting Inc., an international OHS service-provider based in Nova Scotia.  He has been in the field of occupational hygiene since 1979, both, as a private consultant and as the senior OHS regulator with the Province of Nova Scotia.   

During his 30+ years of employment with the NS Department of Labour, he held the positions of:

- Executive Director of the OHS Division
- Director of Occupational Health
- Director of Safety Training
- Occupational Hygienist

As the Executive Director of the OHS Division, Jim was the senior government OHS regulator in Nova Scotia responsible for the administration and enforcement of OHS laws in all provincially-regulated industry sectors.  

He was also the lead content expert on many related laws that were developed and enacted in the province, and he provided advice to provincial and federal counterparts on OHS laws and regulatory practices inside and outside Nova Scotia jurisdiction.  

In addition, Jim approved and provided advice on multiple complex and technical Codes of Practice for various industries, and he was the senior regulatory decision-maker on appeals submitted to the OHS Division. Jim also worked in the private sector as a senior Occupational Hygiene consultant. 

His list of professional memberships and activities is extensive, and includes:    
* 1995 - 2010 Board Member Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission 
* 1993 - 2001 Board of Directors, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 
* 1992 - 2012 Member, NS Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Council 
* 1992 - 1994 Chair, Health and Safety Associations of Nova Scotia 
* 1993 - 2012 Member, (Chair 1997 - 1998) Canadian Association of Administrators and Labour Legislators, Occupational Health and Safety 
* 1993 - 2012 Canadian Standards Association, Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Council 
* 1991 - 1993 Member, American Industrial Hygiene Association International Affairs 
* 1991 - 2005 Committee Member, Consumer and Corporate Affairs - Federal WHMIS, Current Issues Committee, Enforcement Committee, Inter-Governmental Working Group Committee, Technical Issues Sub-committee 
* 1989 - 1992 Executive (Secretary, President), Atlantic Provinces Section, American Industrial Hygiene Association 
* 1986 - 2011 Registrant, (Board Member 1986-89), Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (Registered Occupational Hygienist) 
* 1984 - 2009 Registrant, American Board of Industrial Hygiene (Certified Industrial Hygienist) 
* 1984 - 2009 Member, American Academy of Industrial Hygiene 
* 1982 - 2012 Member, American Industrial Hygiene Association 
* 1981 - 2012 Member, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists 
* 1979 - 2010 Member, British Occupational Hygiene Society