IGIENE AMBIENTALE ED OCCUPAZIONALE APPLICATA - Lab. di igiene ambientale e occupazionale

Degree course: 
Corso di Second cycle degree in ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
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Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (24 hours), Exercise (16 hours)

Basics of environmental and occupational hygiene. Basics of physics, organic and inorganic chemistry, biology, environmental chemistry are also required. Reading and oral comprehension of English is also recommended.

Voto Finale

This module includes topics that will allow students to perform basic environmental and occupational hygiene monitoring and to better solve practical problems in the exposure assessment of chemical and physical risk factors, through the analysis of case studies, laboratory exercises and field measurements.

Module B

Methodological approaches for the exposure assessment and environmental monitoring (4h);

Monitoring techniques and instrumental setup for the determination of airborne chemical agents (particulate matter and fibres, gases and vapours). Direct-reading instruments (4h);

Measurement techniques of physical agents (6h):
- microclimate,
- mechanical vibrations;

Case studies (10 h) about:
- occupational and environmental exposure to nanoparticles,
- exposure to anaesthetic gases,
- strategies for risk assessment according to different measurement techniques,
- waste management and its impacts on human health and the environment,
- man-mad mineral fibres: analytical characterization, hazard and risk assesment;

Laboratory exercises (practical demonstration of the main environmental monitoring methodologies and analytical techniques for the monitoring of chemical and physical risk agents) (16 h):
- asbestos (phase contrast optical microscopy and the dispersion staining method)
- sampling and gravimetric determination of particulate matter
- noise measurements
- microclimate assessment in moderate and severe environments (PMV and WBGT measurements)
- sampling and quantitative analysis of BTEX in air by gas chromatography.

All the lesson slides will be provided to the students, as well as a pdf booklet focused on specific topics (e-learning environment).