cod. AZ1005064

Academic year 2022/23
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Medicina del lavoro (MED/44)
Prevenzione servizi sanitari e radioprotezione
Type of training activity
10 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
hub: Parma Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria
course unit

Integrated course unit module: HEALTH PROMOTION

Learning objectives

The course aims to provide the student with the basis to understand the concepts of risk and risk factors for human health in the light of the legislation on safety and prevention of risks for workers, providing the essential elements for the preventive measures to be taken in relation to the specific related occupational risks treated: chemical, physical, biological and organisational/transversal. The course aims to allow the student to apply the knowledge and understanding acquired within the framework of future professional activity.


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Course unit content

The course aims to address the issues necessary to know the causal links between exposure to risk agents and the appearance of adverse health events in terms of accidents and occupational diseases. The main instruments of prevention and protection of health with regard to specific occupational risks, with particular reference to health, will be considered. The course provides the fundamental knowledge related to current legislation on safety, health and safety in the workplace.

Full programme

Introduction to Occupational Medicine and general concepts. Historical notes on the birth and evolution of Occupational Medicine. Current legislation on the protection of safety and health at work. Occupational accidents and diseases. Biological risk: definition of biological agent, characteristics and classification of biological agents according to Legislative Decree 81/2008. Main biological agents present in the health sector. Biological accident and immunoprophylaxis. Standard precautions. Chemical risk: definition of chemical agent. Carcinogens and mechanism of action. Notes on toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics. Main chemical risks in the health sector: latex, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, liquid nitrogen. Organisational/transversal risk: shift work. Related stress-work. Burnout. Physical risk: ionizing radiation. Radiation protection.


A. Mutti, M. Corradi "Lezioni di Medicina del Lavoro", Nuova Editrice Berti.

Material provided by the teacher.

Teaching methods

During the lectures will be presented and discussed the topics, indicated in the program trying to involve the student so that he can be an active part of the lesson. In compliance with safety standards, the lessons will take place in presence with the possibility of using them even remotely in synchronous mode (via Teams), compatible with the governmental and University regulations regarding the emergency COVID-19. The teaching material, on a weekly basis, will be deposited on the specific platform reserved for students (Teams or Elly) and will include: iconographic presentations, audio-video support or video recording of the lessons. The teacher is available for clarification on the lessons by appointment (agreed by e-mail) in the office or at a distance via Teams.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of the achievement of the training objectives of the course includes a written test. The test consists of 30 closed-ended questions on the contents of the course (reference texts + documents uploaded in Elly during the course). There is no penalty for incorrect answers. The exam results are published on the Esse3 portal within one week from the date of the exam. Students can view the exam by appointment with the teacher.
Students with DSA/BSE must contact Le Eli-che in advance: 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).

Other information

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