Course: Occupational Hygiene

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Course title Occupational Hygiene
Course code KAZ/HYPR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Sojka Oldřich, MUDr.
  • Zloch Zdeněk, Doc. Ing. CSc.
Course content
1. The definition of the subject, its contents, its boundaries with related subjects. Tasks for practice. 2. Legal environment in the public health protection area. 3. Overview of physiology and psychology of work. 4. Working activity, workplace, working position 5. Microclimatic conditions in workplaces, basic information, heat load. 6. Microclimate - measurement and assessment of microclimatic conditions. Problems of work in outer environment. 7. Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning. 8. Lighting, elementary physiological terms and measurements. 9. Daylight, measurement and assessment of the daylight. 10. Artificial lighting, measurement and assessment of the artificial lighting. 11. Harmful substances (aerosols, harmful chemicals) 12. Dust and its effect on the organism, measuring and assessing. 13. Harmful chemicals, local effects, systemic effects, measuring and assessing, marginal values and limits, health protection. 14. Noise, basic terms and units of measure. Physiology of hearing, the effect of noise on the organism. Measuring noise levels in workplaces, evaluation of noise levels, health protection from noise, occupational health impairment caused by noise. 15. Vibrations, basic terms and units of measure, the effect on the human organism, measuring and assessing vibrations, health protection, occupational health impairment. 16. Other than normal pressures, changes in pressure 17. Radiation, ionising radiation, terms and measurements, biologic effects of ionising radiation, health impairment, stochastic and non-stochastic effects, health protection. 18. Radiation, NI2 (non-ionising radiation), ultra-violet, infra-red, lasers, EMG, health protection 19. Categorisation ? working environment factors, issues of toxicology 20. Assessment of work risk at workplaces ? classification of work, legislation, state health supervision. Programmes for protection and support of work at workplaces. 21. Occupational diseases, occupational health impairment, legislation, investigation issues, co-operation of individual workplaces. 22. DNJZ ? specification of work exposure and its assessment 23. ZPP /PLP/ disabilities - legislation, significance, practice, check-ups Contents of practical exercises: Methods for measuring of physical, chemical and biological factors. Methods for measuring of lighting, noise level, dust, vibrations and microclimates. Detection - setting of harmful chemicals in the air. Interpretation of the test results Measuring and assessing of the physical, heat and psychic load. Interpretation of the test results. Dynamic work, static work, work with small muscle groups. Ergonomic features of the workplace and their assessment.Assessment of workplaces. Features of the construction, room arrangement, the impact of work devices and technologies on the work environment. Ventilation and heating. Lighting and colour layout. Individual working environment factors. Possible health impairment risks. Principles of work safety. Sanitary establishments, public establishments preparing meals, hostels, preventive health protection arrangements. Assessment of health condition. The relation between work and health in practice, health support, illnesses affected by work, occupational diseases and poisoning. Principal investigation methods and their use. Reporting and methods of assessing of occupational diseases. Health condition indicators for individuals and groups. Examples of epidemiologic investigations.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Practicum
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 24 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 44 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
1) Students can outline the basic provisions of the subject, e.g. the knowledge of the working environment issues, the effects of the basic factors of the working environment on health condition, the knowledge of risk factors in working environments. They can also present the overview of legal and technical norms that make it possible to impose public health protection measures in real life.. 2) Students can define changes in health that may be caused by work and they are able to use the diagnostic methods for occupational health impairments. 3) Students know the preventive provisions and intervention programmes promoting health support.
teaching methods
assessment methods
Oral exam
Recommended literature
  • Bláha,K., Cirkt, M. Základy hodnocení zdravotnických rizik.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Health Care Studies Assistant of Protection and Support of Public Health (2012) Health service 2 Summer
Faculty of Health Care Studies Assistant of Protection and Support of Public Health (2016) Health service 2 Summer