cod. 22292

Academic year 2020/21
2° year of course - First semester
- Simonetta CROCI
Academic discipline
Diagnostica per immagini e radioterapia (MED/36)
Scienze della prevenzione e dei servizi sanitari
Type of training activity
7 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: PHYSICAL RISKS AT WORK

Learning objectives

The course aims to allow the student to know how to use some dosimetric quantities in relation to the physical laws concerning the interaction radiation interaction with matter. The course also aims to provide the student the knowledge about the italian legislation on ionizing radiations and radiation protection. The course is also devoted to allow the student to know and correctly use the environmental and personal protection equipment.Peculiar applications and examples will be releted to the medical and industrial field. The student will use the gained knowledge and understanding in the daily relationship with the the employers, in relation to the risk assessment in the different environments and workplaces.


Course unit content

The first lessons concern the definition of physical quantities such as Absorbed Dose, Effective Dose, Equivalent Dose and their application, in relation to the interaction of ionizing radiation with matter.This subject is treated in the Health Physics module. The three principles of radioprotection will then be illustrated, starting from a historical poi of view and then framed in the current legislation. Italian Legislation DLgs 241/00 and 187/00, concerninrg radiation protection. The second part of the course is focused on the presentation of environmental and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) . The last part will concern how different types of radiation detectors as well as personal and environmental dosimeters work.

Full programme

Ionizing radiation risks: external exposureand internal contamination: Outline of the history of radiation protection. Biological effects of ionizing radiation. Radiation protection assumptions based on the available data. International Commission of Radiation Protection (ICRP) recommendations. Dose limits.Italian legislation: DLgs: 241/00. adiological Protection Principles: Justification; Optimization; Dose Limitations; Dose Limitations;Fulfillment of the employer and the supervisor; Main Tasks of the Qualified Expert;  obligations with regard to the health and safety of workers. Classification of Radiation Areas : Controlled Radiation Area – Supervised Radiation Area –Categories of exposed radiation workers. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Dosimeters and PPE and specific dispositions. Characteristics and uses of Radiation Detectors; Gas-filled detectors; Photographic emulsions; Thermoluminescence dosimeters; Environmental dosimeters; Personal dosimeters.


Slides; Atoms Radiation and Radiation Protection (James E. Turner ; Willey-vch Verlag GmbH &Co.KGaA).

Teaching methods

The course will be held through lectures and whenever is possible in laboratory to Students either in the classroom (“in presenza”) or in synchronous-streaming (“in telepresenza”) on the Teams platform. During class students are engage through the use of spreadsheets, tools and applets.
Therefore, the opportunity of Student/Teacher interaction will be preserved both face to face and remotely, by the simultaneous use of the Teams platform.
Lectures will be supported by slide presentations, which will be available to students on the Elly platform (https://elly2020.medicina.unipr.it/).

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of the achievement of course aims is obteined with an oral exam. In case of the persistence of the health emergency, the exams will be conducted remotely, as follows:
remote oral questions, through the Teams platform (guide http://selma.unipr.it/).
Students with SLD / BSE must first contact Le Eli-che: support for students with disabilities, D.S.A., B.E.S. (https://sea.unipr.it/it/servizi/le-eli-che-supporto-studenti-con-disabilita-dsa-bes).

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