Management and Information Technology


MGTE 42182

Management of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment

Status : Elective
Pre-requisite : None Co-requisite : None


On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Be able to design a Workplace Health & Safety Programme.
  • Have a good understanding of the legislation pertaining to health and safety in the workplace.
  • Have an understanding of the industrial relations context and other related factors, which influence health and safety in the workplace.
  • Have an understanding of some of the basic measuring instruments used to identify stresses in the workplace.
  • Understand stress management strategies and their implementation.
  • Be able to interpret ergonomic assessments reports.

Basic concepts of Occupational Health and Safety, Health and Safety at the workplace, Ergonomics, Work Physiology,  promotion of healthy and safe workplaces, prevention of occupational accidents and diseases, occupational hygiene and worker welfare, work related disorders, protection of workers’ health and well‐being, industrial safety standards, OHS legislation,Rights, responsibilities and duties of employees and employers.
Hazard management, Hazards and housekeeping requirements associated with the work environment,Standard procedures including those for emergencies and evacuation.
Introduction to Environmental Management Environmental management systems, environmental auditing and related environmental investigations, Environmental labeling, Life cycle assessment, Environmental aspects of product design and development, Measuring the carbon footprint of products, Introduction to environmental standards.

Lecture, field visits, small group discussions, field assignments and presentations.
End-of- Semester examination and case study presentations.

  1. Hammer, W, Price, D (2001),Occupation Safety Management and Engineering, Prentice hall.
  2. Asfahl, CR,Rieske, DW (2009),Industrial safety and Health Management, 6th Edition, Prentice Hall.
  3. Stranks, J,W (2005),The Handbook of Health and safety Practice, 7th Edition, Pearson/entice Hall.
  4. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Act, No, 38 of 2009.
  5. National Environmental Act No, 47 of 1980 as amended by Acts Nos 56 of 1988 and 53 of 2000.
  6. Hennanayake, SK, Hewage A,Wijeratne, MS and Yasaratne SE (1997),Environmental Impact Assessment, The Sri Lankan Experience, Centre for Environmental Studies, Peradeniya.
  7. Canter, LW, (1996),Environmental Impact Assessment, Second Edition, McGraw Hill Publishing Company, Inc, New York.
  8. Gilpin, A, (1995), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) – Cutting edge for the Twenty First Century, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England.