Online ExpertTrack in Healthcare & Medicine

Occupational Health: Managing Hazard and Risk at Work

Learn to identify occupational hazards, and how to conduct risk assessments and develop risk control measures at work.

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Universiti MalayaUniversiti Malaya

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Develop your understanding of workplace hazards and risk assessments

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of occupational health became much more apparent. Workplaces that were able to identify occupational hazards, assess risk, and implement appropriate control measures were able to continue to operate without many interruptions.

On this four-week ExpertTrack from Universiti Malaya, you’ll learn about the many different types of hazards in the workplace and how to carry out risk assessments. You’ll also explore risk mitigation and the control measures that you can use to make your workplace even safer for workers.

Identify workplace hazards and the consequences of poor risk management

Occupational Health is an important part of ensuring the highest degree of physical, mental, and social well-being of workers in all occupations.

From physical and psychosocial to chemical and biological, you’ll explore the many different forms that occupational hazards can take. You’ll delve into how you can identify these hazards and the injuries and consequences that each can have on workers if the risks are not managed effectively.

Discover how to carry out occupational risk assessments

A risk assessment is a systematic examination of all aspects of work that considers what could cause injury or harm and whether those hazards can be eliminated or mitigated through control measures.

This ExpertTrack will guide you through the practical steps required to conduct risk assessments at work. You’ll also explore the scope of control for both workers and employers, and the best ways to mitigate risk in the workplace using the hierarchy of control.

Build practical skills to implement effective risk management plans

Once you’ve successfully completed this ExpertTrack, you will have a basic understanding of occupational hazards and how to conduct effective risk assessments. You will also be able to propose risk control measures for a number of occupational health hazards and create risk management plans and strategies for a proactive approach to occupational safety and health.

Learn from the experts at Universiti Malaya

This course is led by Professor Dr Victor Hoe, an Occupational Health Physician with a practice in the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.

With Dr Abdullah’s expertise, you’ll be guided through the types of occupational hazards and risks, how you can effectively identify and contain them, and how to implement health and safety management systems to ensure that your workplace reduces the risk of harm for employees.

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Key skills you will learn

  • Decision Making
  • Workplace Hazard Identification
  • Risk Assessments
  • Implementing Control Measures

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Describe the different occupational safety and health (OSH) hazards.
  • Identify and recognise occupational safety and health (OSH) hazards.
  • Develop occupational safety and health risk mitigation and management plan.
  • Apply and conduct workplace risk assessment.

Experience required

You do not need any prior experience to successfully complete this ExpertTrack, but it is recommended that you have a basic knowledge of physics, biology, and chemistry to fully understand the subject matter.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is designed for primary care providers such as general practitioners, nurses, physicians, and more.

It will also be suitable for anyone interested in learning more about occupational safety and health.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Learn how to identify different types of occupational health and safety hazards in the workplace to protect workers.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    6 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Occupational hazards - physical, ergonomics, & psychosocial
      • Course overview
      • Introduction to occupational hazards
      • Physical hazards
      • Ergonomic hazards
      • Psychosocial hazards
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 2

      Occupational hazards - chemical & biological
      • Chemical hazards
      • Biological hazards
      • Course wrap up
  • Course 2

    Explore the risk assessment process, learn how to mitigate risk in the workplace, and understand the importance of OSH plans.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    6 hours per week

    • Week 1

      How to conduct risk assessment?
      • Course overview
      • Risk and the decisions we make
      • Risk assessment
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 2

      Implementing risk mitigation & management
      • Managing risk in workplace
      • Taking control of risks in workplace
      • How employer can help?
      • Course summary

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Universiti Malaya is the premier research university in Malaysia, committed to advancing knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

  • Established

    1905
  • Location

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • World ranking

    Top 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Meet your instructors

Hi, I am a Professor of Occupational and Public Health at the University of Malaya. I have more than 20 years of experience in Occupational Safety and Health.

Dr Lim is employed as a medical lecturer and occupational health physician at the University of Malaya (UM).

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