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EMUTOM physical agents

EMUTOM (European Module for Undergraduate Teaching of Occupational Medicine)

Effects of work: physical agents

Concise description

This EMUTOM lesson is about the physical agents noise, vibration, radiation, temperature, lighting and pressure. For every physical hazard the lesson gives a description of what is known about the physical hazard, what are the health effects and the possible treatment / prevention and what can be done for protection.

After this lesson the student is attentive to identify physical hazards in the workplace. The student is able to take an occupational history on the level of the physical hazard, time of exposure, use of protective equipment and general effects of physical hazards on health.

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English, Spanish

Original Authors:

Florina Popescu, MD, PhD and Madia Hanna, MD, PhD

Original affiliation, ownership:

Faculty of Medicine “Victor Babes”, Timisoara, Romania

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:

One day


Intellectual property and copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
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