Occupational Health

Occupational Health is a multidisciplinary activity that aims to protect and promote workers’ health in the workplace.

According to national legislation, it is a mandatory activity for all employers, whether in the public (law 59/2008) or private sector (law 102/2009). It comprises, among several areas, Occupational Medicine and Safety.

The purpose of Occupational Health is to ensure a safe and healthy working environment, promote the health of professionals, guarantee adequate surveillance of workers according to the risks to which they are exposed, verify physical and psychological aptitude for adequate performance of duties, and reduce absenteeism and incapacity resulting from work accidents or occupational diseases.

ISPUP created the first occupational health service at the University of Porto. The ISPUP Occupational Health Unit is made up of extremely differentiated professionals, many of whom also teach at the University of Porto and have experience in this field of research.

This added academic experience is an asset, as it ensures a better translation of the latest scientific knowledge to the reality of different institutions and businesses.

Through its occupational health laboratory, equipped with the latest technology for risk assessment, the Occupational Health Unit provides a wide range of laboratory services to the industry and the community

More than a legal obligation, the promotion of health and safety at work is a social responsibility of the company towards its employees.

Benefits for institutions:

  • Reduction in absenteeism due to work-related illness
  • Reduction in the number of work accidents
  • Improved institution management in terms of human resources, equipment and facilities

What services do we provide?


The quality of the air we breathe directly interferes with our health. Knowing the environment that surrounds us is key to preventing occupational lung diseases.

Chemical Agents


  • Anaesthetics (sevoflurane/desflurane) – (GC-MS)
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) – (GC-MS) – Soon
  • Carbon Dioxide – (Direct Reading – photoacoustic sensor)
  • Formaldehyde – (UPLC)
  • Gluteraldehyde – (UPLC)
  • Carbon Monoxide – (Direct reading – photoacoustic sensor)
  • Particulate matter, total, inhalable and respirable fractions (such as: cement, flour, wood, others without specific classification) – (Gravimetry)
  • Particulate matter, PM10 and PM2.5 fractions – (Gravimetry)
Physical Agents


  • Thermal parameters: air temperature; air speed, relative humidity – (Direct reading)
  • Illuminance (luxmeter)
  • Luminance (luminance meter) – Soon
  • Radon – (Direct reading)
  • Noise (occupational exposure) – (sound level meter/dosimeter)
  • Thermal Stress – WBGT Index
  • Thermal Comfort – PMV and PPD Indices
  • Vibrations – Whole Body System – Soon
  • Vibrations – Hand-arm system – Soon

The ergonomic analysis of work consists of a set of techniques that aim to identify gaps and risk factors in the work context, with the aim of defining the necessary adaptations that guarantee adequate working conditions for the worker.

An evaluation of the real work context is promoted observing how various aspects interfere with the health and comfort of the worker. The physical conditions of the infrastructures, available resources, posture, effort applied to the task, relationships among collaborators, among others, are evaluated.

Knowing in advance that a large part of occupational diseases are related to ergonomic risk, carrying out this analysis is essential to prevent occupational diseases.


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Secretary of the Occupational Health Unit