IGIENE AMBIENTALE ED OCCUPAZIONALE APPLICATA - Mod. Igiene ambientale ed occupazionale

Degree course: 
Corso di Second cycle degree in ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2018/2019
Year: 
2
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2019/2020
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Credits: 
4
Period: 
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
32
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (32 hours)
Requirements: 

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 highly recommended.

Mode: Oral Exam
Minimum 2 questions on topics, laboratory and field experiences covered in the course.
The vote, expressed in thirtieths, will be mediated with the grade obtained for the exam relating to the other module of the course.

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

The course is composed by two modules and aims to prepare students to deal with the most topical issues of technologies applied to the environmental protection, with particular attention to some key risk factors that may be of concern to public and occupational health.
The course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the concepts of environmental protection, in terms of health and safety, both at regulatory level and in the prevention and precaution practices and procedures implemented for the protection of human health and the environment.

B module
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):
-noise,
- microclimate,
- mechanical vibrations;

Case studies (10 h) on:
- 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.

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):
-noise,
- microclimate,
- mechanical vibrations;

Case studies (10 h) on:
- 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).

The course is divided into 24-hour frontal lessons with slides and multimedia tools to help students learn the expected learning outcomes and exercises (16 hours ).

Receiving students by appointment by e-mail to: andrea.spinazze@uninsubria.it.