72309 - Infection Control in Dentistry

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  • Teacher Paolo Boffetta

  • Credits 2

  • SSD MED/44

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Dental Hygiene (cod. 8481)

  • Course Timetable from May 05, 2022 to May 13, 2022


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

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students are expected to have a good knowledge of the basic issues of occupational risk factors in the dental hygiene sector. Students are also expected to be able to apply these principles to promote good practices taking into account workers' safety and health.

Course contents

- Occupational ergonomics: prevention of musculoskeletal disorders due to biomechanical and postural overload

- Occupational ergonomics: use of magnification devices in dentistry

- Exposure to chemical agents in the healthcare setting: health and safety data sheets, technical documentation, labeling, web based sources of information on toxicological issues, REACH regulation (for downstream users), exposure to irritating and sensitizing chemicals

- Diseases due to biological agents: prevention of percutaneous and airborne transmissible diseases, national (Emilia-Romagna Region Guidelines) and international (CDC) guidelines for protection of health care workers


Free access scientific papers and clinical guidelines


Teaching methods

Critical analysis of scientific papers, guidelines, chemical safety data sheets, free search engines accessing databases of references and documentation on toxicology and biomedical topics


Assessment methods

Project work presentation


Teaching tools

Free access scientific papers and clinical guidelines

Office hours

See the website of Paolo Boffetta