Occupational Safety and Heatlh

Instructors:Glykeria Loupa
Course Code: Ε6ΥΠ
Semester: 5th
Weekly teaching hours: 3
ECTS credits: 5
Prerequisites: Calculus, Chemistry, Atmospheric Physics, Applied Statistics, Fluid Mechanics, Physical processes.
Course offered to Erasmus students: Νo
Course URL: https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/ TMC102/

Learning Outcomes:: 

1. Knowledge based
• To be informed of the relevant legislation and in any new regulation concerning the OSH
• Health hazards at work and Exposure assessment
• Chemicals, REACH and CLP
• Occupational Health Standards
• Evaluating the working environment (Surveys, Sampling, Risk assessment)
• Controlling health Hazards
• Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment
2. Skills / Competences acquired
• Students will be able to recognize, evaluate and recommend controls for a variety of potentially hazardous occupational exposures.
• Students will be informed in the basic legislation, regulations and guidelines in OSH.
• Students will be able to conduct a complete survey in a working environment and identify the potential hazards and stresses for the health of the workers.
• Students will be able to propose preventive or mitigation strategies to sustain or improve the health of the workers.

General Skills:
Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, Adaptation to new situations, Working in an international environment
Working in an interdisciplinary environment, Project design and management

Course Content: 

  • Occupational Safety and Health provides a general introduction to the field of occupational safety and health of any kind of working environment. The course includes introducing concepts, terminology, and methodology in the practice of OSH and identifies resource materials. Three basic modules are presented:
    • EU and national legislation and the role of the professionals in this frame.
    • Hazards at work (exposure to harmful physical, chemical and biological agents), such as chemicals, noise, thermal stress. Ergonomics and psychological stress are also discussed. Special focus is given on the new EU regulations for chemicals, i.e. REACH and CLP.
    General principles of evaluating the work environment, sampling methodology, evaluating exposure to health hazards and control, principles of ventilation, personal protective equipment and safety signs.
    • Management of safety and health at work. Risk assessment, prevention and mitigation strategies).
    The class would benefit those needing a basic understanding of OSH, those wishing to become professionals in OSH and /or to pursue a Master’s degree in OSH.

Suggested Bibliography:  

1. E-book «Occupational Safety and Health» G. Loupa, available in the e-class.
2. “Ergonomics, systems for OSHA management”, 3rd Edition, TZIOLAS Press, 2021
3. «Health and Safety at work, 10th edition (Kogan Page)» by Jeremy Stranks, edited by K. Adam and D. Nathanail, ROSSILI Press, 2017.
4. Papers
5. Publications of the Hellenic Institute of Health and Safety at work and of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

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