What is this course about?
The WSQ Specialist Diploma in Occupational Hygiene is a qualification offered under the Occupational Hygiene Professionals Workforce Skills Qualification Framework.
This competency-based course aims to train personnel to be competent in assisting employers, occupiers and other stakeholders in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of occupational hygiene risks at the workplace. This will drive improvements in workplace health (WH) management and raise WH standards.
The target audience of this Specialist Diploma in Occupational Hygiene may include:
- Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) professionals such as WSH Coordinators, Officers, and Auditors
- Occupational Hygiene (OH) professionals such as OH Technicians etc.
- Occupational health professionals such as occupational health nurse and physicians
- Other professionals in OH-related fields such as ergonomics, human factors, occupational psychology, biosafety, noise monitoring and control, acoustics, engineering, analytical chemistry, facility management, or human resources etc., who would like to gain more knowledge and a broad appreciation of the occupational hygiene matters at the workplace
This course is accredited under the WSQ Specialist Diploma Occupation Hygiene Programme, for Continuing Professional Development Programme. Participants will gain 328 SDU points completion of the course. Course participants must complete this course with at least 75% attendance rate.
Assumed Skills and Knowledge
1. ESS - WPL (Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking) Level 6 OR GCE "O" Levels in English (Grades 1-6)
2. ESS - WPN - Level 6 OR GCE "O" Levels in Mathematics (Grades 1-6)
3. GCE "O" Levels in Science (Chemistry and Physics) (Grades 1-6)
4. 2 years of working experience in any industry
* To be eligible for the course, applicants must provide evidence for the above documents
Course Fee: $9,500.00
WDA Funding*: $6,650.00
Nett Course Fee after WDA Funding:
$2,850.00 + $199.53 (GST) = $3,049.53
* Eligibility for WDA Funding:
- Singaporean and PRs (company sponsored or self sponsored)
- Achieve at least 75% attendance
- Complete and pass all required assessments
The WSQ Specialist Diploma in Occupational Hygiene (WSQ SDOH) consists of 11 modules.
||Brief Description |
||Interpret Basic Workplace Health Practices
||Provide a broad-based skills and knowledge in OH for a foundation in OH subjects. It covers all the major hazards including physical hazards such as noise, radiation, thermal hazards; chemical, biological as well as hazards associated with human factors. |
||Monitor Noise and Vibration
||This unit covers mainly skills and knowledge for measurement of noise exposure at the workplace with the use of appropriate measuring equipment. A candidate who successfully completed this unit is recognised as having completed the necessary training as required by the Ministry of Manpower for conducting noise monitoring. |
||Control Noise and Vibration
||This unit covers mainly skills and knowledge on the control of noise at the workplace. Candidates |
|who successfully completed this unit is recognised as having the necessary qualification to advise employers and occupiers on noise control under the WSH (Noise) Regulations. |
||Measure Exposure and Assess the Risks
||This unit covers the skills and knowledge for the measurement of hazardous substances exposure at the workplace. It covers the toxicology principles and health effects due to hazardous processes and substances commonly found at the workplaces. This would enable learners to anticipate the health risks and take proactive measures for the prevention of ill-health effects due to hazardous substances. |
||Evaluate Health Effects due to Hazardous Substances
||This unit covers the skills and knowledge for evaluating health effects due to hazardous substances. The contents include the use of appropriate sampling equipment to collect samples of air-borne contaminants and assessing the associated risks due to the exposure. |
||Manage Hazardous Substances
||This unit covers the knowledge, and skills and knowledge for management of hazardous substances at the workplace. This includes identifying the sources of hazardous substances, implementing control measures to manage the associated risks. Persons who successfully completed this unit of competency will be recognised as the ‘competent persons’ for the control of hazardous substances at the workplace by the Ministry of Manpower. This competency unit also provide the learners with the knowledge needed to manage hazardous substances, as required by the National Environmental Agency, for the fulfilment of their duties as hazardous substances licence and permit holders.|
||Evaluate Ergonomics-Related Hazards
||This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to evaluate ergonomics risks at the workplace. It includes the evaluation methods to be applied in three main areas, including: Human-Body-Centred, Information-Centred and Organisation-Centred ergonomics.|
||Compose Technical Report
||This unit covers the knowledge and skills in planning and writing a technical report to meet its objectives, audience and context. It includes analysing of data and presenting useful information in a concise and coherent manner that leads to conclusions aligned with the report objectives.|
||Evaluate and Control Biological Hazards
||This unit covers basic principles in the identification and assessment of biological hazards and risks, and the methods for sampling of bio-aerosols to evaluate the exposure risks. The unit also includes the knowledge and skills in assessing the necessary control measures including facility control, equipment control, safe practices and procedures and the use of personal protective equipment to help ensure biosafety at the workplace. |
||Manage Indoor Air Quality
||This unit covers on the knowledge of the different types of indoor air quality one may encounter in the workplace – the types of contaminants in the air we breathe and their sources. The module will also cover on ventilation issues and comfort indicators from these contaminants; learning how to use appropriate sampling instruments to take sampling and their sampling points. They will also know about control measures to be adopted, cleaning devices and the types of airborne diseases that one may be exposed to. Students will learn how to implement plans on management of indoor air quality in a facility, raising occupants’ awareness and educate them on the importance of IAQ, carrying out regular maintenance and audits.|
||Plan, Prepare and Deliver Presentations
||This unit covers the skill and knowledge in the planning, preparation and delivery of presentation.|
Exemption from module:
Please note that applicants can apply for exemption (maximum of 3 modules); subjected to approval.
Mode of Assessment
Assessment will be conducted during training and at the end of training through various assessment strategies.
Participants will be awarded the WSQ Specialist Diploma in Occupational Hygiene if they meet 75% attendance rate as well as passing all assessments required by the course.
Upon completion of the WSQ Specialist Diploma in Occupational Hygiene, the candidate will be competent in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of an OH officer.
Selected units under the Specialist Diploma in Occupational Hygiene have been closely referenced to existing MOM and NEA courses. Upon successful completion of these units, the candidate will be competent in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities as shown below:
Courses Accredited by MOM/NEA
Occupational Roles/ Competent Persons
Monitor Noise and Vibration
Noise Monitoring Course
Noise Monitoring Officer
Control Noise and Vibration
Industrial Noise Control Course
Noise Control Officer
Measure Exposure and Assess the Risks due to Hazardous Substances
Sampling & Monitoring of
Competent persons for sampling and monitoring of airborne contaminants
Manage Hazardous Substances
Competent person for management of hazardous substances
Applicants may apply for the course by the "Click to apply" link on the right panel of the webpage. Once registration is completed, please email the following documents to PACE via firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Copies of NRIC or employment / "S" pass;
2. Education qualification
3. Company letter / Resume (To proof the 2 years of working experience)
Once we have received your documents, we will notify you via email on your application status within 10 working days.
During the enrolment exercise, Applicants are required to present the Original copy of education qualifications and releveant documentations for verification:
A copy of each document will be retained by the Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy.
Withdrawal and Deferment
Withdrawal and deferment notice must be made in writing to the Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy via email to email@example.com. For withdrawal cases, the portion of course fee to be refunded is based on the date of notice as follows:
· 2 weeks before the commencement of the course - Full refund
· Less than 2 weeks before commencement of the course - 70% refund
· On or after date of commencement - No refund
The Singapore Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel or postpone any of the courses.
Applicants will be duly notified and where applicable, the full fees will be refunded.
The Singapore Polytechnic also reserves the right to amend the fees charged or the period and duration of the courses.
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