Safety and Hygiene at Work
Cod: 21101
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Safety and Hygiene at Work
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 26

This course unit covers multidisciplinary issues that include business development principles, in order to improve the quality of life by reducing work accidents and sicknesses. Contents are structured in Parts, divided in one or more themes:
Part 1 - main principles of work safety, stating the fundamental concepts for Safety and Hygiene at Work and approaching the relevant national legislation.
Part 2 - i) ways of organizing and managing professional risk prevention services; ii) a professional risk assessment method for companies/institutions.
Part 3 - i) Individual Protection Equipments at Work; ii) Prevention. Protecting and Fighting Fires; iii) Machines, Tools and Loads Safety and iv) Electrical Risks.
Part 4 - i) Noise at work; ii) Mechanical Vibrations; iii) Working Lights; iv) Working Ergonomics.

  1. Safety at Work
  2. Health at Work
  3. Work Hazards

Assess professional risks;
Develops prevention and protection measures for the elimination or minimization of professional risks, in order to increase safety and reduce professional illnesses.

Part I   - Introduction to Safety and Hygiene at Work (SHW)
            Fundamental SHW Concepts
Part II  - Organizing Risk Prevention
Part III - Safety at work
Part IV - Hygiene at work

Study materials - see course unit webpage at the e-learning platform.
A. Sérgio Miguel, Segurança e Higiene no Trabalho, Universidade Aberta, 1998, ISBN: 978-972-674-511-2.
Cândido Dias Gaspar, Textos de apoio, Organização e Gestão da Prevenção, Ergonomia dos Locais e Postos de Trabalho, Ruídos nos Locais e Postos de Trabalho, Equipamentos de Protecção Individual, Iluminação dos Postos e Locais de Trabalho, Ed. IEFP/UAb, Lisboa, 2002.
Arlindo Moreira, Segurança e Saúde no Trabalho em Ambiente de Escritório, Lidel, 2010;
Gina Pereira Correia, Manuela Nunes Pereira, Higiene, Saúde e Segurança no Trabalho, CEF Cursos de Educação e Formação, Módulos 3/4, Porto Editora, 2009;
Jeremy Stranks, The A-Z of Health and Safety, Thorogood Publishing Ltd, 2006, ISBN 1 85418 387 7.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).