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Occupational Hygiene Lab OCHS 4340

Occupational Health and Safety Course

Course details

This one-week laboratory session provides hands-on training in the calibration and use of occupational hygiene equipment. The small class size ensures that all students can participate in practical exercises with the equipment. Conducts hygiene monitoring on the BCIT campus in Burnaby, BC.






Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of OCHS 4340 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 51785


Mon Aug 21 - Fri Aug 25 (5 days)

  • 5 days
  • CRN 51785
  • $785.58
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Aug 21 - Aug 25 Wed, Thu, Fri 08:30 - 16:30 Burnaby
Aug 21 - Aug 25 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30 Burnaby


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. Location: BCIT BURNABY Campus. This is an intensive 5-day course (Monday-Friday). Expect to spend additional hours each evening on course work. **** NO PROGRAM APPROVAL is required to register if student has completed the PREREQUISITE course, OCHS 4320 - Occupational Hygiene (via distance education). **** However, PROGRAM APPROVAL IS REQUIRED to register if OCHS 4320 has NOT been completed. For Program Approval – contact David Wood, OH&S Program Head/Certificate at or 604-432-8220 / 1-800-663-6542, ext. 8220. NOTE: In addition to Program Approval, a textbook purchase and advance reading are required PRIOR to the course start. The most current edition of “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene” (course textbook for OCHS 4320) is available for purchase at the BCIT Bookstore at or 604-432-8379 / 1-877-333-8379. The course instructor will e-mail the advanced reading details. **** Online information is available to assist you in spending a week at the BCIT Burnaby Campus - including DIRECTIONS, CAMPUS MAP, PARKING and FOOD SERVICES. Check out the following websites: Campus map + directions at Parking (including rates) at Food services at **** To register by phone, call Student Information & Enrollment Services (SIES) at 604-434-1610 / 1-866-434-1610 (option 2 - 'Part-Time Studies Registration').

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • discuss the legal and professional requirements for calibration of flow rate of any sampling pump and demonstrate the calibration and operation techniques for personal sampling pumps used in air sampling
  • discuss the advantages and limitations of colorimetric detector tube systems and given a manufacturer’s instructions, demonstrate the techniques for use of these systems
  • discuss the principles of sample collection with solid and liquid sorbents and demonstrate the techniques for use of these sampling systems
  • identify and demonstrate the application of selected direct reading instruments such as photo- and flame-ionization detectors, infrared spectrophotometers and electrochemical sensor-based gas detectors and discuss the concept of integrated sampling
  • given direction provided in standard methods demonstrate the calibration and sampling setups for specified particulate sampling systems
  • identify and demonstrate techniques used for dermal and surface sampling of chemical contaminants
  • identify and show expertise in providing guidance in the selection of respirators for prevention of exposure to chemical and biological agents
  • demonstrate the acoustical calibration of sound level meters and noise dosimeters
  • demonstrate basic noise measurements techniques as required by OHS regulations and standards
  • identify and show expertise in providing guidance in the selection of hearing protectors
  • discuss current OHS regulations regarding worker exposure to temperature extremes
  • demonstrate the use of a heat stress monitor for determination of WBGT and instrumentation for the evaluation of Equivalent Chill Temperature
  • identify instrumentation used in area and personal monitoring of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation exposure
  • identify and operate instruments used in the evaluation of hand-arm and whole-body vibration and explain the use of current occupational exposure limits for HAV and WBV
  • identify and demonstrate the use of instruments currently used for the measurement of bioaerosol levels
  • demonstrate the use of anemometers and smoke systems for the evaluation of operation of ventilation systems
  • discuss lighting requirements in current OHS regulations and demonstrate the use of basic and advanced photometers to perform basic lighting system evaluations

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2020

Related Programs

Occupational Hygiene Lab (OCHS 4340) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Advanced Safety Management
    Certificate Part-time
  2. Occupational Health and Safety Practitioners
    Associate Certificate Part-time


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