Industrial Hygiene Primer: Sampling and Monitoring of Workplace Hazards (Part 1)

Monday, November 18, 2013
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

NEW Location:
University of British Columbia
SPPH Room B104
2206 East Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3

Course Overview: 

This course expands on the information participants gained through completion of Course #1. In Part 1 of this course, participants will gain a greater understanding of when and what type of exposure monitoring is appropriate, how to develop an exposure monitoring strategy, and the theory of how to carry out exposure monitoring for chemical, biological and physical hazards frequently encountered in the workplace. In Part 2 of this course (to be held on February 17, 2014), participants will get a chance to use the information in Part 1 in practice in a laboratory setting.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Exposure monitoring
    • Qualitative risk assessment
    • Exposure assessment drivers
    • Exposure assessment objectives
  3. Development of an exposure monitoring strategy
    • Monitoring strategy
    • Similar exposure groups
    • Amount of monitoring
    • Type of monitoring
    • Selection of monitoring method(s)
    • Monitoring schedule
    • Frequency of monitoring
  4. Exercise: Exposure monitoring strategy development
    • Development of an exposure monitoring strategy and schedule
  5. Exposure Monitoring Techniques (Theory)
    • Sample pumps
    • Primary and secondary calibrators
    • Chemical hazards
    • Particulates (total / respirable / inhalable filter cassettes, direct reading monitors)
    • Fibres (asbestos)
    • Gas/vapours (colourimetric tubes, sorbent tubes, bags/canisters, real time monitors)
    • Biological hazards
    • Viable sampling (culture media)
    • Non-viable sampling (fungal spores, tape lifts)
    • Physical hazards
    • Noise (surveys, dosimetry)
    • Thermal stress (heat stress monitor)
    • Other – Indoor Air Quality Meter
  6. Interpretation of Exposure Monitoring Results
    • Interpreting laboratory reports.
    • Comparison with regulatory exposure limits / guidelines
    • Introduction to statistics
  7. Preview of upcoming courses


Note:   While Course 1 is not a prerequisite for Course 2, it is highly recommended that Course 1 be taken prior to Course 2 in order to have a fuller understanding on fundamental concepts of industrial hygiene.  Subsequent courses in this series build upon knowledge and skills gained from the previous ones.

Please note principle and concepts covered in Course 1 will not be repeated in subsequent courses. Participants of Course 2 only will be expected to already have the background knowledge equivalent to what is covered in Course 1 (see syllabus above).

Important: Course 2 (Sampling and Monitoring of Workplace Hazards Part 1) is a prerequisite of Course 3 (Sampling and Monitoring of Workplace Hazards Part 2) to be scheduled in February 2014.



Applications for certification maintenance (CM) points have been made to the following organizations:

Industrial Hygiene and Safety:

Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP):  0.5 CMP ; Approval #13489

Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH): 1.25 maintenance points; Award #2013-133

Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE): 8 CHSC maintenance points

This course contains 7.5 continuing education contact hours which CIHs may claim for credit.  See American Board of Industrial Hygiene website for CM criteria.  ABIH no longer issues approval numbers.

Public Health:

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI)

Information on CM points will be posted here as it is updated.


This policy is in effect once online registration is submitted. Cancellation and delegate substitution must be notified in writing. Refund, less a cancellation fee of CAD100, can be issued up to 10 business days prior to the start of the respective course date. All cancellations received thereafter are non-refundable (sorry, no exceptions). Participant substitutions are permitted with 48-hour notice without additional fee. UBC School of Population & Public Health reserves the right to cancel this course or to substitute instructors as necessary. If the event is cancelled for any reason, UBC assumes liability limited to a refund of the registration fee paid only.



A number of on-campus lodging options are available.  Please contact Lydia Ma for further information.