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EMUTOM Toxicological agents and chemicals

EMUTOM Effects of work: toxicological agents and chemicals

Concise description

This EMUTOM lesson contains the basic knowledge of occupational toxicology, chemical exposures at the workplace and the principles of environmental and biological monitoring. Examples are given on how to manage potential cases of occupational poisoning.

After completing this lesson, you will be able to recognize adverse health effects of workplace exposure to chemicals and to consider the diagnosis occupational poisoning. You will also be able to find reliable sources of information on chemical health effects and prevention.

Subchapters in this lesson:


  • Information sources on hazardous substances (e.g.
  • Routes of exposure
  • Excretion
  • Exposure assessment (environmental and biological monitoring)

Occupational toxicology of

  • Mineral dusts
  • Metals
  • Gases
  • Organic solvents

Prevention of toxic effects of hazardous substances


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 the (sub)chapters separately.



English, Spanish

Original Authors:

Petar Bulat, MD, PhD

Original affiliation, ownership:

University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

graduate students, non-OSH-expert professionals, OSH experts; or in training

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
This license allows reusers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the material. You must give appropriate credit to EMUTOM, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may not use the material for commercial purposes. For details about this license: .

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