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Virtual Patients: Ergonomics III, Work environment (physical)

This Virtual Patients lesson is relevant for medical students and professionals working in health care. The learning objectives of this lesson are the ability to identify the importance of a healthy workplace environment, to depict 5 or more main components of a healthy working environment, to list 4 major environmental factors in the workplace, to assess the conditions of your own workplace environment, and to define 2 aspects of workplace sensory demands. In addition, you will be able to achieve an effective workplace environment, to name the optimal temperature at work, to articulate an overview about the EU regulation about assessing the workplace environment, to depict the effect of LED on the biological clock, and to identify the function of the taste and the smell receptors. The elaborated environmental factors are noise, vibration, temperature (climate), lightning, humidity, workplace sensory demands. Most factors can have an impact on productivity, health, and well-being.

The lesson contains 15 cards, which guide you through the various topics.  Often, a card includes a task or question. After sending an answer, feedback is given. After passing all cards, you will get a red or green mark (enough correct answers). If you are following a regular course in Munich, a tutor can give comments. The lesson is given in English only.

General information about Virtual Patients & Work

The series of medical cases for medical students and physicians-in-training for Occupational Medicine has been developed by the Institute and Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine at the LMU university (Munich, Germany), often with the help of other institutes. The cases, developed in 2006-2013, are still present-day in many countries, and useful for education. Nevertheless, cases might be not up-to-date or valid everywhere, for example regarding diagnostic procedures, risk assessment tools, therapeutic interventions, or figures like incidence rates. Differences may be caused by differences in time periods, contextual conditions, or populations. Discussion about such aspects in a group, with a colleague, or with a teacher, is an essential part of the learning experience.

Practical. Clicking the link below connects to the Casus website. Make an account going to ‘Register’. Use your e-mail address as LOGIN, fill in a personal password. When registration is completed, LOGIN again, select if needed the English language (see, under your name, ‘Options’, ‘Language). Go to Menu, to ‘Player’, you see ‘Courses available’, select ‘Virtualpatient-Work.Net – English course’. Select this case. You can complete a case once. Changing answers after completing is not possible.



Original Authors:

Al Asadi Hazar

Original affiliation, ownership:

Clinical centre of the University of Munich Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Munich, Germany.

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:

2 – 2.5 hours


The lesson starts with a referal to documents to read. Sometimes a link is not working. Many questions/answers, mostly with expert comments.
The lessons can be attended and completed online for free. No material may be copied. During the session, some private data will be stored. The learning materials can only be used if the user accepts these conditions prior to attending the online lesson.

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