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EMUTOM Biological agents

EMUTOM Effects of work: biological agents

Concise description

This EMUTOM lesson has four chapters. In the first chapter biological hazards and risks are generally described and defined. The second chapter is about some specific occupations at risk for exposure to biological agents: health care workers, farmers and outdoor workers. (For a complete picture reference is made to the website of Haz-map ). In chapter three important diseases are described: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis. (Note that this EMUTOM lesson is created in 2012; Corona virus was not yet known!). In Chapter four the possibilities for prevention are discussed.

The learning objectives for this EMUTOM lesson are that the student knows the definition of a biological agent, the transmission ways of biological agents, the notion of susceptibility to biological agents, the definition of the main biological risks in the workplace and finally knows the different ways of prevention of biological risks. Furthermore, the student is able to evaluate the need for a vaccination according to the biological risks faced at work and to appraise appropriate personal protective equipment for biological hazards in the health care setting.


General information about EMUTOM

EMUTOM (European Module for Undergraduate Teaching of Occupational Medicine) is a (blended) learning module for medical students and ‘people who need to manage or advice’ on work and health topics. EMUTOM contains a syllabus, teaching materials, assignments and self-assessment exercises. In blended format the EMUTOM course takes about 5 days. It is offered in English and Spanish. EMUTOM was developed in close cooperation between 5 European Universities: Gent Belgium, Rouen France, Timisoara Romania, Belgrade Serbia and Amsterdam The Netherlands. The project was funded by the European Union, Life Long Learning Programme. The EMUTOM course, developed between 2010 and 2012, is still of value in current education. Nevertheless, information might be not fully up-to-date. The EMUTOM module contains 4 major chapters: Introduction, Effects of work, Fitness for work and Health promotion. Each chapter contains several sub-chapters. For the LDOH library we present and describe each (sub)chapter separately.



English, Spanish

Original Authors:

Jean-François Gehanno, MD, PhD

Original affiliation, ownership:

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rouen, France

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

graduate students, non-OSH-expert professionals

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

Fully useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

1 day


Intellectual property and copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
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