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1 Relate working conditions, accidents, occupational diseases and legislation. 2 Recognize radiation types, their effect on health and prevention measures. 3 Recognize methods to control risks associated with hazardous substances, their handling and the need to implement good laboratory practices. 4 Recognize pathogens and occupational biohazards, and several concepts in Biological Risk Assessment. 5 Identify electrical hazards, their causes, their effects and prevention measures. 6 Quantifying noise; promote a reduction of the exposure and the use of hearing protection. 7 Define prevention/protection programs considering the risks associated with moving loads. 8 Identify/confirm the accreditation requirements of a machine or assembly. 9 Recognize prevention/protection measures against occupational hazards in the building industry. 10 Identify the elements involved, typical stages of development and the classes of fire; characterize health risks; identify extinguishing methods/agents.


1 Historical development of occupational health and safety. Current legislation
2 Non-ionizing radiation . Ionizing radiation. Dosimetry
3 Hazardous Substances. Single integrated registration system for chemicals. Chemical risks. Prevention /control of the exposure
4 Biological agents and pathogens. Economic activities and biological hazards. Biological Safety
5 Electrical Accidents. Legislation. Prevention Measures
6 Concepts and quantification of noise. Legislation. Effects and noise assessment. Measures to reduce exposure
7/8 Identification, characterization, evaluation , prioritization of risks and proposed measures of prevention and protection of workers
9 Analysis of risks and their prevention. Collective and individual protection equipment. Safety signs, site organization and emergency response.
10 Fire, combustion, fuel, oxidizer, and activation energy. Triangle and tetrahedron of fire. Extinguishing methods and extinguishing agents.

Teaching Methodologies

Teaching methods and assessment are defined by module. 1 Lectures and discussion. Multiple choice test. 2 Lectures and discussion. Group assignment with tutorial support. 3 Lectures interspersed with guided discussion on key points of the unit. Individual written test. 4 Lectures, analysis and discussion of integrative themes regarding theoretical and practical concepts. Individual written test. 5 Lectures and questioning, followed by the demonstration of electrical protective equipment. Individual multiple choice test. 6 Lectures and demonstration of practical cases. Individual assignment with tutorial support. 7/8 Lectures. Individual assignment with tutorial support. 9 Lectures. Individual written test. 10 Lectures and use of mobile laboratory for experiments related to the content of the unit. Individual written test.


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ECTS Credits



  • Teóricas - 70 hours