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Special Courses : M.Sc. (Industrial Hygiene and Safety)

Course : M.Sc. (Industrial Hygiene and Safety)

Institute : Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai

About the Institute

The Department of Environmental Health Engineering was set up, as a part of the Basic Science Research Wing of Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai, in 1998 with the financial assistance provided by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). The department originally set up to provide occupational safety and industrial hygiene monitoring services to the leather/tanning industry in Tamil Nadu, has since then expanded to include a variety of R&D and training activities, that cover a broad spectrum of environmental health concerns.

Course Objectives

The M.Sc. (Industrial Hygiene and Safety) course is being introduced in response to the growing awareness among industries for the need to employ qualified professionals to assess and manage work-related health risks. Being a distance-learning programme, the course is primarily aimed at providing an opportunity to expand the knowledge of professionals who-are already involved with the practice of industrial hygiene and safety. Students will be given comprehensive training in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of work-related hazards that may cause injury, disease, or discomfort to workers.

The programme structure requires not more than three weeks of attendance at the Deemed University per semester. However, students are expected to work a substantial amount of time at home or at their workplace.

Important Note

This course does not come under the purview of the MCI / AICTE and hence it will not be registered as an additional qualification in the register of Medical Council /AICTE.

Commencement and Duration

The course has been designed as a three-year calendar programme under semester pattern and it ordinarily commences in July of every year. In order to allow students to study at their own pace and in their own time, the programme can be completed within a period of seven years.


Applicants should have qualified for the B.E. / B.Tech. (Mechanical, Electrical, Sanitary Chemical, Civil, Mining, Industrial Engineering) / M.B.B.S. / B.Sc. (Physics, Chemistry, Zoology,Environmental Sciences), Degrees of any university recognised as equivalent thereto by the authorities of this university and the UGC. The applicant must have at least 2 years of experience in training / education / consultancy / research in industry or related fields.

Course Outline

The curriculum consists of the following subjects:

  • Introduction to industrial hygiene and safety management. This subject is designed as an overview course to provide an introduction to concepts and principles of occupational health. Important aspects of common occupational diseases, problems of worker exposure to chemical and physical agents, hazard recognition, exposure evaluation and control, provision of occupational health services, medical surveillance, record keeping and compensation for occupational diseases are discussed. Students are further provided with an overview of information sources related to hygiene and safety engineering.

  • Fundamentals of occupational health, physiology and industrial toxicology. This subject provides an introduction to terminology and concepts of human physiology and toxicology as they apply to occupational safety and health. Lectures on physiology include an overview of human anatomy and physiology. Topics to be covered related to toxicology include concept of exposure, mode of entry, dose-response relationship, kinetics and distribution of toxicants, metabolism of toxic agents, factors that affect toxicity, genetic toxicity, mutagenesis, carcinogenesis and biological markers/indicators of exposure.

  • Safety Engineering This subject provides an introduction to principles of safety engineering and their application to safe design of facilities, machines and equipment. Topics covered include definitions and concepts of safety engineering, hazard analysis techniques, concept and methodology of risk assessment, machine and process-related hazards, safeguarding for machinery and equipment, and accident investigation techniques.

  • Industrial Hygiene I, II and III. These subjects are designed to provide an overview of industrial hygiene and familiarize students with the design and conduct of industrial hygiene measurements. Recognition, evaluation and control of airborne contaminants are dealt within the first semester. During the second semester, problems associated with occupational exposure to physical hazards will be examined. Topics includerecognition, evaluation and control of exposures to noise, vibration, ultraviolet, optical, infrared, laser, radio-frequency and microwave radiation and heat stress. Biological hazard recognition and evaluation procedures will also be covered.

  • Industrial Safety and advanced industrial safety. These subjects will illustrate the application of safety concepts and principles to core areas of industrial safety practice. Topics include building and facilities layout, construction, safety, housekeeping and maintenance, fire safety, materials handling and storage, working at heights, working in confined spaces, emergencyplanning and preparedness, and off-site transportation of hazardous materials.

  • Ergonomics This subject introduces principles of anthropometry, biomechanics, work physiology and psychology and their application to thedesign of work procedures, tools, displays/controls, workstations and the work environment. Emphasis in given to the design of manual load handling operations, computer workstations, and hand tool and machine design.

  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology This subject is an introduction to basic concepts of statistics, probability and epidemiology, focusing on the application of statistical and epidemiological methods to the evaluation of occupational and environmental exposures.

  • Occupational Health and Safety Management This subject covers management concepts and principles that can be used for planning, implementing and evaluating occupational health and safety programmes. The subject includes legal aspects of occupational health and safety and provides an overview of requirements for management systems that are presently commonly employed in industries.

COURSE FEE : Tuition Fee Rs. 20,000/- (Rupees Twenty Thousand only) per year.

MODE OF SELECTION : Selection will be made on the basis of professional experience. Intimation letter will be sent to the candidates provisionally selected for admission.

Application Form duly filled in and securely fastened with the above enclosures may be delivered in person or sent by Registered Post/Courier Service/ Speed Post to reach : (within stipulated Date. )


Other Courses

Institute : Indian Institute of Fire Engineering
Iqbal Manzil, Near State Bank Chhawni, Katole Road,
NAGPUR, Maharashtra, INDIA, PIN: 440 013.,

Phone : 91-712-2591999, 3093205

Course :

  • One year Diploma in Fire Safety Engineering
  • Six month certificate course in Fire safety engg .
  • Certification in Industrial safety

Eligibility : B.E. / B.Tech.


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