00699 - Occupational Medicine (L-Z)

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  • Teacher Stefano Mattioli

  • Credits 2

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Aims of the course:

  • To present the general concepts of the occupational medicine;
  • To present the most common occupational diseases;
  • To introduce the diagnostic framework and the management of selected occupational diseases.

Course contents



  • Occupational Medicine: History of working conditions.

Occupational risk factors

  • Occupational risk factors (physical, chemical, biomechanical, psychosocial risk factors)
  • Industrial hygiene: exposure limits, environmental and biological monitoring.
  • Workplace risk assessment.


Musculoskeletal disorders; occupational diseases due to psychosocial and physical risk factors

Low back disorders in workers exposed to biomechanical risk factors.

  • Upper limb musculoskeletal disorders in workers exposed to biomechanical risk factors.
  • Stress at work and other psychosocial disorders.
  • Disorders in workers exposed to hand-arm vibration and whole body vibration.
  • Health effects in workers exposed to noise, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation (high and low frequencies electromagnetic fields, microwaves, laser).

Health effects in workers exposed to chemical agents

Occupational toxicology:

  • metals
  • aromatic solvents, aliphatic solvents
  • pesticides: organophosphates insecticides and herbicides, other herbicides, fungicidides.
  • Lung diseases due to exposure to dust and other chemical agents: asthma, allergic alveolitis, silicosis, asbestosis, lung diseases due to inert and irritating dust.
  • occupational skin disorders.

Occupational cancer and reproductive health hazards

Occupational cancer in workers exposed to physical, chemical and biological agents.

  • Reproductive health hazards (physical, chemical, biological and biomechanical agents in the workplace). Laws concerning pregnant workers, new and breast-feeding mothers.


Prevention, health and safety in the workplace

Legislation on the prevention of risks at work. The role of the occupational physician.

  • Public and private services for health and safety in the workplace.
Occupational risk factors and health care workers.


  1. LaDou J and Harrison R. Current Occupational and Environmental Medicine (5th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education, 2014

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures

Assessment methods

Multiple choice test

Teaching tools

Teaching materials available on AMS Campus

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Stefano Mattioli