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Occupational and Environmental Health Hazards

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:6.00
Study Course Accepted:14.09.2021
Study Course Information
Course Code:AUVMK_049LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:MedicineTarget Audience:Information and Communication Science; Communication Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Žanna Martinsone
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
The Head of Structural Unit:Maija Eglīte
Contacts:Dzirciema Street 16, Ieva[pnkts]Kalve2atrsu[pnkts]lv, +37167060816
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)6Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures12
Classes (count)6Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes12
Total Contact Hours24
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology and physiology.
1) acquire theoretical principles of environmental health concerning the role of pollution and adverse and harmful factors of various environmental components (air, water, soil), their impact on health, their identification, evaluation, control, prevention or reduction; 2) acquire theoretical principles of occupational medicine and occupational health on the impact of various occupational risk factors on the health of employees, their prevision, identification, evaluation, control, prevention or reduction.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Environmental health. Topicalities in environmental quality and protection issues in Latvia and in the world. Environmental legislation. Environmental monitoring bodies and available databases.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Air quality indicators and basic principles for air quality assessment. Air quality in Latvia and in the world. Key quality parameters for surface, underground and drinking water and basic principles for assessing its quality. Water quality in Latvia and in the world.Lectures1.00auditorium
3Assessment of environmental and ambient air quality. Water quality assessment.Classes1.00auditorium
4Basic principles of food contamination and hygiene. Food safety in Latvia and in the world.Lectures1.00auditorium
5Food safety assessment.Classes1.00auditorium
6Creating and presenting a description of an environmental problem.Classes1.00auditorium
7Occupational hygiene and occupational medicine. Topical issues in employment protection in Latvia and in the world. Legislation in employment protection. The system of internal monitoring of the occupational environment in Latvia and in the world. Employment protection supervisory institutions, cooperation partners and available databases.Lectures1.00auditorium
8Physical and biological risk factors at work. Chemical risk factors at work. Ergonomic and psycho-emotional risk factors at work.Lectures1.00auditorium
9Traumatic risk factors at work. Accident investigation procedure. Occupational medicine. Occupational diseases in Latvia and in the world.Lectures1.00auditorium
10Assessment of occupational risk factors.Classes1.00auditorium
11Basic principles and techniques for measuring occupational risk factors.Classes1.00laboratory
12Overview of occupational diseases. Creating and presenting a description of the employment protection problem.Classes1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Acquisition of extensive knowledge, skills and competence from e-study materials, literature sources, presentations, discussions, databases and materials and data collected by competent institutions.
Assessment Criteria:
Tests of theoretical and practical knowledge are administered, case analysis are performed and discussions of practical assignments are held during the classes. Final test on completion of the course.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Test
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:• of the role of environmental health, its principles, directions, tasks and application in practice; • of the air, water and soil as ecological components of the environment, their pollution and preventive measures to reduce the pollution; • of the role of occupational medicine and occupational hygiene, their principles, directions and tasks; • of the impact of occupational factors on the body, development of preventive measures and monitoring of the work environment.
Skills:• independently, critically analyse, be able to find information and data, apply reasoning to justify own point of view while identifying environmental and occupational health hazards and assess their role in maintaining and strengthening the person’s health; • identify occupational risk factors and carry out the occupational risk assessment, as well as evaluate their potential impact on the human body.
Competencies:• provide a qualitative description and analysis of issues related to environment and occupational medicine; • develop and describe recommendations and measures in order to prevent or reduce the environmental and occupational health hazards providing the optimum interaction between the human organism and the environment.
Required Reading
1Vides veselība. RSU, 2008.
2Eglīte M. Darba medicīna. 2.izdevums - Rīga, 2012. – 834 lpp.
3Darba apstākļi un riski Latvijā (2012-2013). - Rīga: LR Labklājības ministrija, 2013. – 139 lpp.
Additional Reading
1Darba drošība. – Rīga: LR Labklājības ministrija, 2003. – 286 lpp.
2Darba higiēna. - Rīga: LR Labklājības ministrija, 2003. – 155 lpp.
3Ergonomika darbā. – Rīga: LR Labklājības ministrija, 2003. – 176 lpp.
4Kaļķis V., Roja Ž. „Darba vides riska faktori un strādājošo veselības aizsardzība., Rīga, Elpa, 2001., - 510lpp.
5Kaļķis V., Darba vides risku novērtēšanas metodes.- Rīga: Latvijas izglītības fonds, 2008. – 242 lpp.
6Frumkin H., Environmental Health: From Global to Local. 2016, 3rd Edition
Other Information Sources
1Vides un darba veselības organizāciju interneta resursi
2Pasaules Veselības organizācijas interneta resurss:
3Eiropas Komisijas interneta resurss:
4Eiropas Darba drošības un veselības aizsardzības aģentūras (EU-OSHA) interneta resurss:…
5Eiropas Darba drošības un veselības aizsardzības aģentūras nacionālā kontaktpunkta interneta resurss: