Back to Top
Close Menu
Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
CAVE HILL HOME > Lifelong Learning > Courses > Short Courses > Health, Safety and Biosecurity > Health and Safety in Building and Maintenance


Health and Safety in Building and Maintenance


This course will foster delegates’ understanding of the role of the employer and employee in maintaining a Health and Safety environment at the workplace including understanding the common workplace hazards such as: Sick Building Syndromes (SBS). Delegates will learn the hazards associated with construction and maintenance work on site and at home, and the strategies to avoid them. The course will examine the techniques for differentiating between natural light and artificial light and its impact on health and safety as well as human comfort. Delegates will also be introduced to sustainable building envelopes as interface between the internal and external environment. Moreover, delegates will acquire knowledge of sound levels and their impact on health and safety as well as on the well-being of humans. Finally, the course will introduce delegates to methods of designing sustainable building envelopes to minimize the growth of melds and other micro-organisms.

What will I Learn?

On successful completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Discuss the building envelope and interface between internal and external environment and impact on climate change.
  • Investigate the effect of condensate on the development of mould and Sick Building Syndromes.
  • Examine the techniques used to differentiate between natural light and artificial light.
  • Evaluate the techniques used for the maintenance and design of optimum light intensity for occupational spaces.
  • Discuss the maintenance of the interior and exterior building envelope and impact of heat and sound transmission.

Who Should do this Course

Facility Managers, Building Owners, Contractors and Building Maintenance Workers, Building Managers, Maintenance Managers, Health and Safety Managers, and individuals who have responsibility for the management and maintenance of buildings and facilities.

At a Glance

  • Date: TBA
  • Time:
  • Duration: 4 weeks (21 hours)
  • Certificate Awarded: Professional Development Certificate of Competence
  • Capacity: 40
  • Cost:

 Introduction, Global Environmental Issues and the Building Envelope
  • Health and safety associated with the use of materials within building envelope. Sick Building Syndrome, microorganisms
  • Sustainability: passive cooling, Human Comfort
Light: Basic Concepts
  • Artificial and natural light. Designing and units
  • Sustainability: the use of daylight in residential buildings
Heat: Basic Concepts and Units
  • Heat transfer (Thermal performance of the building envelope: general concepts & Human thermal comfort in the indoor environment)
  • Sustainability: Human Comfortable, applications of sustainable materials for building envelopes
Condensation and an Introduction to Psychrometry
  • Effects of condensations on human health
Retrofitting for Sound Transmission: Basic Concepts, Units and Noise Rating
  • Health and Safety: Noise Mitigating Measures within Built Environment
  • Sustainability: Human Comfort

Name: Dr Abrahams Mwasha/ Professor Indrajit Ray
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine
Email Address:
Email Address: