General introduction to occupational health. Module 1: Occupational hygiene

This module is the first of a two year course for the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health. It teaches the principles of Occupational Hygiene at an academic level. It will provide knowledge to become familiar with the discipline of Occupational Hygiene, and will develop special competences in health risk assessment. It will pay attention to […]

Work improvement in neighbourhood development (WIND)

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous sectors of work. Safety and health risks are numerous and diverse: manual handling of heavy materials and loads, strenuous work postures, long and irregular working hours, exposure to extreme weather conditions, pesticides and other agro-chemicals. Further, basic amenities for sanitation and welfare are frequently absent. All of these […]

Measurement of hazardous materials

This course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the techniques for assessing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. Besides, it gives an understanding of how exposure information can be used to assess risks. After having followed the course, someone is able to describe the general approach to health risk assessment, select appropriate equipment, […]

Asbestos and other fibers

This free course is meant to enlarge a student’s knowledge of occupational hygiene practice in relation to fibrous dust. The course concentrates on asbestos, but other fibers are also covered. These fibers, such as machine made mineral fibers (MMMF), aramid fibers (Kevlar, Twaron), polyolefin fibers, and carbon fibers, are increasingly used in industry. The course […]

Introduction to asbestos learning package – An interactive lesson

Introduction to asbestos learning package – An interactive lesson for apprentices about asbestos and its dangers. A single lesson of less than 1 hour duration using a Powerpoint presentation and a task sheet. These explain the dangers of asbestos, the places where it might be found, and what actions are to be taken. The latter […]

Introduction to toxicology and dose-response

This module presents an introduction to basic toxicological principles. It is explained what is meant by toxicology, some history is depicted, and basic terms as dose, dose-response and dose-effect are illustrated. In addition, various examples of toxic agents in daily life and occupation are given. A basic understanding of biology and chemistry is helpful for […]

Breathless: a lesson in diagnosis and treatment of occupational respiratory diseases

This lesson presents a practical case in occupational medicine, and is meant for medical students and professionals in training for occupational medicine. It guides through the process of proper diagnosis of two different types of occupational lung diseases, related to meat production and glasshouse work. The lesson emphasizes the right diagnosis on basis of prescribing […]

Wind of change

This video of almost 13 minutes illustrates the incentives of the ILO Work Improvement in Neighbourhood Development programmes (WIND). With the examples obtained from three countries (Viet Nam, Kyrgyzstan, Senegal), the video shows improvements in working and private living conditions after having adopted the WIND approach. WIND builds on 3 elements: (1) the support for […]