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Special Issue "The 2nd Edition: The Effects of the Pandemic on Occupational and Environmental Safety"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2023 | Viewed by 2194

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Prof. Dr. Lucian-Ionel Cioca
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Industrial Engineering and Management Department, Faculty of Engineering, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, 10 Victoriei Blv., 550024 Sibiu, Romania
Interests: management; human resources management; occupational health and safety management; production systems engineering; ergonomics; circular economy
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Dr. Diana Popa-Andrei
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Department of Medical Recovery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Victor Babes" Timisoara, Piata E. Murgu 2, 300041 Timisoara, Romania
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The rapid effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the musculoskeletal system are a result of physical and mental inactivity caused by environmental factors such as social distancing and isolation from nature.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge for all organizations. Biological agents may affect occupational safety, while personal protective equipment used during the pandemic may affect the environment. Distance working or online education may impact the mental health of the population. It is therefore essential to study the effects of the pandemic on occupational and environmental safety.

Prof. Dr. Lucian-Ionel Cioca
Dr. Diana Popa-Andrei
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • digital health
  • health ecology and the environment
  • environmental analysis and methods
  • environmental health
  • environmental microbiology
  • environmental remediation and management
  • environmental science and engineering
  • health economics
  • industrial ecology
  • occupational safety and health
  • public health statistics and risk assessment
  • toxicology and public health
  • musculoskeletal
  • physical inactivity
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • isolation
  • comorbidities
  • well-being
  • mental health
  • food management
  • the physical and psychological health of the elderly

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Healthcare Supply Chain Reliability: The Case of Medical Air Transport
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(7), 4336; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074336 - 04 Apr 2022
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The principal task of national healthcare systems is to provide health services that are safe, accessible, high-quality and people-oriented. To ensure the continuity of healthcare, support activities related to patient transfer and logistics are necessary. Effective implementation of transport processes is a factor [...] Read more.
The principal task of national healthcare systems is to provide health services that are safe, accessible, high-quality and people-oriented. To ensure the continuity of healthcare, support activities related to patient transfer and logistics are necessary. Effective implementation of transport processes is a factor affecting the possibility of medical intervention, in terms of both planned and life-saving care. The reliability of the healthcare supply chain is a key factor in patient health. In our research, we have used the method of a single case study of a public regional hospital in Poland providing comprehensive medical services. The aim of the research is to identify the factors that affect the reliability of the healthcare supply chain in relation to the interhospital air transport of patients. Our qualitative research using process mapping reveals what factors affect the reliability of interhospital medical air transport. The analysis of 100 interhospital medical air transport cases has allowed us to create a general procedure related to the movement of patients between the facilities of the healthcare system in Poland. Our research shows that the key factor of reliability is the coherent and integrated cooperation of institutions involved in transport processes. Full article
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Signifying the Relationship between Fear of COVID-19, Psychological Concerns, Financial Concerns and Healthcare Employees Job Performance: A Mediated Model
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(5), 2657; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052657 - 24 Feb 2022
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The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has undoubtedly created immense health problems in the global healthcare sector. Apart from its impact on physical health, it has devastatingly affected the psychological well-being of individuals. Based on Affective Events Theory (AET), the current study aims to contemplate [...] Read more.
The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has undoubtedly created immense health problems in the global healthcare sector. Apart from its impact on physical health, it has devastatingly affected the psychological well-being of individuals. Based on Affective Events Theory (AET), the current study aims to contemplate the relationship between Fear of COVID-19 (CVF), psychological concerns (PC), and financial concerns (FC) while considering the impact on the healthcare employees’ job performance (JP). Moreover, this study investigates the mediating role of job anxiety (ANX), stress (ST), and depression (DEP). The data were collected through an online structured questionnaire (Google Forms) from 489 employees working in the healthcare centers of Pakistan. The structured equation modeling (partial least square) approach is adopted for data analysis. The study results showed that Fear of COVID-19, psychological and financial concerns positively and significantly affect healthcare workers’ job performance. Depression, anxiety, and stress mediated the relationship between Fear of COVID-19, psychological concerns, financial concerns, and job performance. The study theoretically and practically contributes to the existing literature on psychological and mental health by providing a better understanding of the individual variables that affect employees’ job performance. Full article
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How Should We Measure? A Review of Circular Cities Indicators
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(9), 5177; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095177 - 24 Apr 2022
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As the world continues to urbanize, it is necessary to identify and implement new urban development models and strategies in order to meet the challenges of sustainable development. As cities continue to face challenges in becoming fully circular, the need to establish a [...] Read more.
As the world continues to urbanize, it is necessary to identify and implement new urban development models and strategies in order to meet the challenges of sustainable development. As cities continue to face challenges in becoming fully circular, the need to establish a framework to measure the circular economy in urban areas grows. Many definitions for circular cities have been developed and addressed in recent years, as have numerous indicators. To make the transition to a circular city, we must integrate the findings and develop a general definition and measurement framework. This article aims at outlining a framework for circular cities indicators based on their key characteristics, as well providing directions for fostering circularity at the city level. To accomplish this goal, we conducted a systematic review and analyzed key papers published in the field of circular economy to determine how circular cities are measured. Choosing the right indicators to use for developing, monitoring, and evaluating circular cities is a difficult task for urban policymakers, managers, and planners. This highlights the significance of standardized frameworks for urban indicators. As a result, the authors propose a framework and highlight some key points about circular cities and smart urban metabolism. Full article
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