Current Trends and New Challenges in Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene

A special issue of Hygiene (ISSN 2673-947X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 274

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Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Insubria, 21100 Varese, Italy
Interests: occupational medicine; ergonomics; noise; thermal stress; psychosocial factors

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Department of Science and High Technology, University of Insubria, 22100 Como, Italy
Interests: indoor air quality; vehicle emissions; occupational hygiene; exposure assessment; air contaminants sampling and monitoring; risk assessment; spatial analysis

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Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: environmental and occupational health and safety; occupational and environmental hygiene; risk assessment; risk management; human exposure assessment; atmospheric aerosol; chemical risk assessment; air quality; air pollution; exposure modeling
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 was a watershed for the assessment and management of health risks, with impacts in sanitary, educational, and general work environments. The current post-pandemic era is characterized by shifts in productive models towards remote work, automation, and artificial intelligence, which overlap with other global trends such as climate change and technological innovation.

In these changing work scenarios, there are many challenging research questions to be answered to ensure health and wellbeing for workers, including:

  • Exposure and risk assessment for chemicals, carcinogenic and reprotoxic substances in a context of changing standards and occupational exposure limit values;
  • New occupational risks, impacts and management measures due to climate change (e.g., heat-stress, vector-borne diseases, changes in pesticides use);
  • Changes in indoor environmental quality and occupational exposure in occupational settings in light of climate change adaptation, energy mix shifts and energy saving needs;
  • Changes in occupational exposure to respiratory tract viruses in the era of home office;
  • Trends in exposure assessment to biological agents after the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Novel approaches, methodologies (e.g., big data analysis) and technologies (e.g., wearable, miniaturized and low-cost sensors, novel analytical techniques) for occupational risk assessment and industrial hygiene;
  • The paradigm shift from the prevention of occupational diseases and injuries to the pursuance of well-being for workers;
  • Psychosocial, ergonomic and other health risks in remote work;
  • Health promotion initiatives at the workplace;
  • Smart environments: novel approaches and systems for risk assessment and management.

Dr. Andrea Cattaneo
Dr. Giovanni De Vito
Dr. Davide Campagnolo
Dr. Francesca Borghi
Guest Editors

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  • occupational risk assessment
  • occupational exposure
  • smart sensors
  • big data
  • artificial intelligence
  • emerging risk factors
  • remote work
  • advanced exposure monitoring
  • biological risk

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