78850 - Occupational Hygiene and Safety

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course provides the knowledge required to describe production cycles and health risk factors that are most commonly encountered in the occupational field.

The course aims at increasing the knowledge on methods of occupational risk assessment.

Course contents

The course aims at increasing the knowledge on etiology of the main occupational diseases and their prevention.

Results and limits of risk assessment and dose response relationship are discussed.


Occupational Medicine: general background and evolution of working conditions, modern occupational medicine

Sustainable work ability.

Risk assessment and occupational hygiene: exposure limits to noxious agents, environmental and biological monitoring.

Musculoskeletal disorders due to biomechanical overload.

Reproductive hazards in the workplace.

Return to work interventions and health promotion in the workplace.


Aw TC et al. Poket Consultant: Occupational Health. Fifth Edition, Blckwell Publishing, 2007

Agius RM et al. Practical Occupational Medicine. Second edition. Hodder Arnold Publication, 2006

Levy BS et al. Occupational and Enviromental Health. Sixth Edition, Lippincott William & Wilkins, 2010

Ladou J. Current Occupational & Enviromental Medicine. Fourth Edition, McGraw Hill, 2007

Teaching methods

Lectures (PP presentations)

Risk assessment, environmental and biological monitoring results are discussed.

Clinical case reports and fitness for duty are presented.

Assessment methods

The final exam will consist in drafting a project of health promotion in the workplace; some more details could be requested to the student (oral test) on the same topic. 

Teaching tools

Lectures will involve Power Point presentations, videos and images of manual jobs.

Scientific papers analysis.

Office hours

See the website of Roberta Bonfiglioli