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Institute for Occupational Safety and Environmental Health conducts research in the area of improvement of occupational environment conditions, early diagnosis of occupational diseases, improvement of health condition, working abilities, and life quality of the employees.

Institute for Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (IOSEH) is a scientific institution was established by decision No. 1-2/17.04.07 of 17 April 2007 by the Senate of Rīga Stradiņš University.
Functions

The agency has the following functions:

  • providing public services in the field of occupational safety and environmental health to state and municipal institutions, RSU and its structural units, as well as natural persons;
  • performing scientific activities and activities in the field of occupational safety and environmental health related to acquisition and improvement of scientific qualification;
  • preparing, entering and participating in the implementation of theoretical and practical research projects and programmes of RSU, national, and international level.

In order to fulfil its functions, the agency performs the following tasks:

  • guarantees qualitative training of students in the field of occupational safety and environmental health;
  • performs post-graduate training for physicians, doctoral students, and qualification raising for physicians and nurses in occupational medicine;
  • performs researches in the field of occupational safety and environmental health;
  • creates and maintains database on the health condition of victims of occupational diseases and victims of radiation exposure due to the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant;
  • performs regular supervision of occupational environment at the premises of RSU, informs employees on issues related to occupational safety and health and impact of hazardous factors on the health and prophylaxis of occupational diseases;
  • provides information to state and municipal institutions, employees and other persons on issues related to occupational safety and health.

 

 

Projects

Grants by the Latvian Council of Science
  • Latvian Council of Sciences project “Impact of metals and stable organic pollutants on the activity of antioxidants for employees at separate manufacturing companies in Latvia”. Air pollution of work environment of welders with metals was measured and their impact to employees health in Latvia was assessed. Duration: 2002–2009
  • Latvian Council of Sciences project No. 05.1835 “Development of assessment criteria for psychosocial risk factors at working environment”. Development of stress markers — development of scientifically based criteria for objective assessment of working environment risk factors. Duration: 2004–2007
  • Latvian Council of Sciences project No. 06.1994. “Assessment of the functional condition of brain in relation to structural irregularities in blood mononuclear cells in persons participating in liquidation of the effects of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant”, supervisor Dr. med. Tija Zvagule. Duration: 2006–2009
  • Latvian Council of Sciences project No. 04.1203 “Damage of central nervous system caused by excessive accumulation of manganese in body, their manifestations, and assessment of treatment efficacy of antidotes (hellatones)”, supervisor Dr. med. V. Liguts, executor I. Mārtiņsone, scientific consultant Prof. M. Eglīte. Duration: 2004–2006
EU Structural Funds and INTERREG projects
  • INTERREG “Work ability and social inclusion” (CB52). Duration: from 01.05.2011 to 31.12.2013.
    Aim of the project: Improvement of stress management and good management practice at companies thus fostering increase of working abilities and social integration of employees. Target groups: specialists and middle-level managers working at offices, banks, medical treatment institutions, and IT sphere.
  • ESF survey “Working conditions and risks in Latvia, 2009–2010”. Duration: 2009–2011. Result: Analysis of development of labour protection system in dynamics. The survey provided additional analytical data in the fields of occupational health, labour protection, and employment legal relationships.
  • Participation in the EU 6-FP project IMPART (NMP4-CT-2005-013968) “Improving the understanding of the impact of nanoparticles on human health and environment”, in cooperation with the Latvian Toxicology Society LATTOX. Duration: from 28.08.2008 to 2011.
    Result: Information on toxicity of nanoparticles and the potential risk to the environment and health was collected and disseminated.
  • GRUNDTVIG project “Strengthening of the integrated skills of the less educated employees concerning their health choices in the context of the changing labour market” (2008-3466/001-001). Duration: from 01.12.2008 to 2011.
    Result: Analysis on the situation of employees with low education level in the project countries, development of study programmes and training aids, training of lecturers.
  • Project “Dissemination of best practices in occupational health promotion among the new EU member states and candidate states”. Coordinator: Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (Poland) in cooperation with the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion. Coordinator in Latvia: Dr. I. Vanadziņš. Duration: 2007
    Result: Establishment of current possibilities for health promotion in Latvia. Development of programmes for employers.
  • Project of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work “Occupational environment risk assessment in Europe”. Project manager in Latvia: M. Eglīte. Duration: 01.06.2006–01.12.2007.
    Result: Assessment of the main adverse occupational environment risk factors in Latvia in comparison to the European states.
  • EU Structural Funds project “Placement of students of the professional higher education study programme “Public health” in companies in the profession of occupational safety specialist” (VPD1/ESF/PIAA/06/APK/3.2.6.3./0070/0066). Project manager: Prof. Maija Eglīte. Duration: 2006–2008.
    Result: Development of programme for exchange of public health specialists among companies in the field of occupational safety.
  • Project “Improvement of cooperation of trade unions in the Baltic Sea Network in the field of occupational health and safety”, coordinator: 3F (trade union centre in Denmark), coordinator in Latvia: Latvian Trade Union of Construction Workers. Project manager: Dr. I. Vanadziņš. Duration: 2005–2006
  • Leonardo da Vinci project No. LV/04/B/F/PP-172.012 “Development of occupational health and safety training programmes in Latvia”. Project manager: Dr. I. Vanadziņš. Duration: 2005-2006. Result: Development of training programmes for specialists in occupational safety.
  • Leonardo da Vinci project No. LV/05/B/F/PP-172.015 “Development of professional education standard, quality criteria and training tools package on safe work with asbestos”, co-executors: Estonian and Latvian institutes of occupational health. Project manager: Dr. I. Vanadziņš. Duration: 2005–2006
    Result: Research of the European training system for specialists in occupational safety and development of training programmes for Latvia.
  • European Commission initiative EQUAL, project “Promotion of employability of disabled persons”. Project co-manager: M. Eglīte. Duration: 01.07.2005–01.07.2007.
    Result: Assessment of the professions existing in Latvia and their suitability for disabled persons.
  • Project “Preparation of status report on the European health promotion and development of cooperation and dissemination models in the new EU member states and candidate states”. Coordinator: BKK (Germany) in cooperation with the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion. Project manager: Dr. I. Vanadziņš. Duration: 2005–2006

 

Publications

2016
  • Reste J., Zvagule T., Kurjāne N., Šķesters A., Silova A., Eglīte M., Cīrule J., Gabruševa N., Zīverts A., and Čurbakova E. Latvian Research on Health Condicions of Chernobyl Accident Recovery Workers in the Late Period after Disaster // Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of sciences ISSN 1407-009X / Riga.- Vol.70.- 2016.- No.5 (704).- p.257-265.  Scopus, EBSCO 
  • Kozlova L., Lakiša S. Prevalence of Psychosocial Risk Factors in Selected Industries in Latvia // Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of sciences ISSN 1407-009X / Riga.- Vol.70.- 2016.- No.5 (704).- p.278-285. Scopus, EBSCO
  • Kaļužnaja D., Lakiša S. Preschool Personnel Exposure to Occupational noise // Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of sciences ISSN 1407-009X / Riga.- Vol.70.- 2016.- No.5 (704).- p.300-307. Scopus, EBSCO.
  • Sprūdža D., Kozlova L., Lakiša S., Mārtiņsone I., Vanadziņš I., Baķe M.Ā., and Erts R. The impact of metal age training programme on the well-being of Latvian Office workers// Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of sciences ISSN 1407-009X / Riga.- Vol.70.- 2016.- No.5 (704).- p.315-324. Scopus, EBSCO
  • Sudmalis P., Baķe M.Ā.,  and Rotbergs J. Detection of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Blood serum of Electricians and Welders in Latvia // Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of sciences ISSN 1407-009X / Riga.- Vol.70.- 2016.- No.5 (704).- p.330-335. Scopus, EBSCO
  • Martinsone Ž., Pilmane M., Moisejevs G., Sprūdža D., and Baķe M.Ā. Evalution of Histological Findings of Airways of Rats Exposed to Highly Polluted Indoor Airi n Offices  // Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of sciences ISSN 1407-009X / Riga.- Vol.70.- 2016.- No.5 (704).- p.341-344. Iekļauts Scopus, EBSCO datu bāzēs.
  • Vilcane I., Koppel T., Bartusauskis J., Urbane V., Ievins J., Kalkis H., Roja Z. Electromagnetic fields’ exposure to head, torso and limbs in office workplaces. Agronomy Research, ISSN 1406-894X.- 14(5), 2016, p. 1737–1744. (http://agronomy.emu.ee/category/volume-14/number-5/). Scopus 
  • Kalkis H., Roja Z. Strategic Model for Ergonomics Implementation in Operations Management. Journal of Ergonomics, Volume 6, Issue 4, 6:173. doi: 10.4172/2165-7556.1000173, ISSN:2165-7556. (http://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/strategic-model-for-ergo… ; Journal Impact Factor: 1.18).
  • Roja Z., Kalkis H., Reinholds I., Roja I. Physical Load Among Construction Workers and its Analysis with Objective Ergonomics Research Method. In the book “Advances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors”, ed. R. Goonetilleke, W. Karwowski. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Volume 489 2016, pp 3-10, Florida, USA. ISBN: 978-3-319-41693-9 (Print) 978-3-319-41694-6 (Online). (http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-41694-6_1). Scopus
  • Maksimov D., Kalkis H. Software development for Qualimetrical ergonomics of a workplace. Agronomy research, ISSN1406-894X. Vol. 14 (4), 2016, p. 1406 – 1416. (http://agronomy.emu.ee/category/volume-14/number-4-volume-1…). Scopus
  • Kalkis H., Roja Z., Reinholds I., Cekuls A. Ergonomics risk analysis in construction operations. Agronomy research, ISSN 1406-894X. Volume 14 (2), 2016, p. 347 – 358. Scopus
  • Cekuls A., Kalkis H., Roja Z., The impact of information technologies upon the social interaction culture among employees in Latvian enterprises. Agronomy research, ISSN 1406-894X.  Volume 14 (1), 2016, p. 211 – 219. Scopus
  • Kantane I., Kalkis H. Ergonomic working environment risks and improvement of employee well-being in bookselling organization. EESTI MAAÜLIKOOL. Publikatsioonide Kogumik. 2016, p. 106–110.
  • Karganova K., Reste J. Morbidity with allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma as occupational diseases in Latvia // East European Scientific Journal, Warsaw, Poland.- vol.9.- 2016.- pp.19-29.
  • Karganova K., Reste J. Noice Induced Hearing Loss in Relation With Vibration Disease and Exposure to Vibration Among Employees in Latvia // Mechanics, Materials Science &Engineering, ISSN 2412-5954, 2016.- pp.1-12.
  • Kalnina I., Zvagule T., Kirilov Diabetes and Obesity a E.  Plasma albumiņ alterations in gastrointestinal cancer Clinics in Oncology    Publ.18 Oct., vol.1.- 1113, 2016.
  • Kalnina I., Kirilova E., Zvagule T. Fluorescent study of albumin alterations in pacients with type 2 diabetes mellitus // Diabetes and Obesity International Journal- Publ. 18 August, vol.1.- Issue 3.- 2016.
  • Kalnina I., Kirilova E., Zvagule T. Albumin characteristics in patients with type 2  diabetes mellitus // Diabetes and Obesity International Journal. Publ. 14 September . Vol. 1, Issue 5, 000125.
  • Pavlovska I., Martinsone Z., Vanadzins I., Martinsone I., Seile A., Sudmalis P.,Occupational exposure parameters for characterization of nanoparticulate matter toxicity: metal versus wood processing//Process Safety and Environment Protection (2016), http://www.psep.ichemejournals.com/article/S0957-5820(16)30…. Scopus
2015
  • Šidagytė R., Eglīte M., Salmi A., Šorytė D., Vanadziņš I., Hopsu L., Lerssi-Uskelin J., BulotaitėL., Kozlova L., Lakiša S. and Vičaitė S. The legislative backgrounds of workplace health promotion in three European countries: a comparative analysis // Journal of Occupational medicine and Toxicology, 2015. EBSCO, PubMed, Scopus
  • Sprūdza D., Lakisa S., Erts R., Bake M.A., Vanadzins I., Kozlova L, Martinsone I. Work Ability and Stress Factors of Latvian Office Workers. // RSU Collection of Scientific Papers 2014.- ISSN 1691-497X.- Riga; RSU, 2015.- lpp. 80-91.
  • Reste J., Zvagule T., Kurjane N., Martinsone Z., Martinsone I., Seile A., Vanadzins I. Wrist Hypothermia Related to Continuous Work with a Computer Mouse: A Digital Infrared Imaging Pilot Study // International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.- ISSN 1660-4601, 2015.- 12, pp.9265-9281. EBSCO, PubMed, Scopus
  • Kalkis H. Economic Analytical Methods for Work-related MSD Cost Prediction. Elsevier, Procedia Manufacturing. Volume 3, 2015, p. 4181–4188.
  • Roja Z., Kalkis H., Roja I. Measuring Muscle Fatigue in Relation to the Workload of Health Care Workers. Elsevier, Procedia Manufacturing. Volume 3, 2015, Pages 4189–4196.
  • Roja I., Roja Z., Kalkis H. Team learning and self-management for video display terminal employees with chronic neck-shoulders pain. Agronomy research, Volume 13 (3), 2015, p. 829 – 835.  Scopus 
2014
  • Reste J., Zvigule G., Zvagule T., Kurjane N., Eglite M., Gabruseva N., Berzina D., Plonis J., Miklasevics E. Telomere length in Chernobyl accident recovery workers in the late period after the disaster // The Japan Radiation research society and Japanese society for radiation oncology / Journal of Radiation Research, ISSN 0449-3060, Vol.55 No.4, 2014.- pp 1–12. PubMed – NCBI 

  • Surakka J., Grotell. S., Piippo J., Gustafsson E., Tuulik V., Meigas K., Vanadzins I., Martinsone I., Lenne R. WASI –Well-Being at Work, Social Inclusion and Participatory Methods: Background, Importance and Theoretical Framework // Arcada Working Papers, Helsinki, 7/2014, ISSN 2342-3064, ISBN 978-952-5260-49-6, 2014.- pp.13-28.

  • Surakka J., Vanadzins I., Meigas K., Piippo J., Tuominen R., Pille V., Tuulik V., Kozlova L., Mārtiņsone I., Kettunen J., Lakiša S., Sprūdža D., Baķe M.Ā. WASI: The Metal Age Method // Arcada Working Papers, Helsinki, 7/2014, ISSN 2342-3064, ISBN 978-952-5260-49-6, 2014.- pp.29-49.

  • Martinsone I., Vizbule L., Cercina A., Pille V., Tuulik V., Surakka J., Piippo J., Baķe M.Ā. WASI – Stress // Arcada Working Papers, Helsinki, 7/2014, ISSN 2342-3064, ISBN 978-952-5260-49-6, 2014.- pp.50-54.

  • Lakiša S., Martinsone I., Baķe M.Ā., Grāvele M., Meigas K., Tint P., Cercina A., Vanadzins I. WASI – Indoor Air Quality // Arcada Working Papers, Helsinki, 7/2014, ISSN 2342-3064, ISBN 978-952-5260-49-6, 2014.- pp.71-86.

  • Woolfson Ch., Vanadzins I. Historical and contemporary challenges to occupational safety and health in Latvia // Policy and practice in health and safety.- IOSH, vol.12., issue 2, ISSN (print): 1477 3996, ISSN (online): 1477 4003. – 2014. Pp.47-65. Scopus 

  • Salmi A., Lerssi-Uskelin J., Hopsu L., Kozlova L., Lakiša S. Workplace health promotion should be based on the needs of the workplace // Barents Newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety / Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. – 2014.- vol.17, No.3.- pp.81-84.

  • Sprudza D., Lakisa S., Erts R., Bake M.A., Vanadzins I., Kozlova L., Martinsone I. Work Ability and Stress Factors of Latvian Office Workers // RSU Collection Scientific Papers 2014.- ISSN 1691-497X.- Rīga; RSU, 2014. pp. 80-91.

  • Vanadzins I. Sickness absenteeism in Latvia // Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, ISBN 978-952-261-503-9, Helsinki.- 2014.- pp.24-29.

  • Kalnina I., Kirilova E., Gorbenko G., Kirilov G., Zvagule T., Linde R., Reste J.. Long-term alterations of blood plasma albumin in Chernobyl clean-up workers. J.Experimental and Integrative Medicine, 2014, 4(3), 165-170.

  • Kalnina I., Kirilova E., Gorbenko G., Zvagule T., Kirilov G. Immune state of patients: detection using fluorescent response. J. of Autoimmunity and Cell Responses, 2014. http:/hoajoline.com/journals/pdf/2052-8000-1-1.pdf.

     

Informative materials

Within the framework of preventive measures plan in the field of occupational safety, Rīga Stradiņš University’s agency Institute for Occupational Safety and Environmental Health in cooperation with the State Social Insurance Agency have drafted informative materials — brochures, information leaflets, posters, electronic materials, etc. The materials are designed for senior specialists and coordinators in the field of occupational safety, company managers, employees, physicians of occupational health and diseases, and other interested persons.