What is Occupational Health?


Occupational Health is a multidisciplinary field covering all the activities intended at protecting and promoting occupational health. According to national legislation, this is a mandatory activity for all employers, whether private (Law 59/2008) or public (Law 102/2009).


It comprehends Occupational Medicine and Occupational Safety. The Occupational Medicine is responsible for conducting the medical examinations, with the purpose to prevent and diagnose occupational diseases and promote health surveillance. The Occupational Safety develops activities focused at identifying and assessing the workplace hazards, and puts in place preventive measures based on a hierarchy control, like engineered controls or personal protective equipment.




The Occupational Health Unit goal is to develop the technical conditions to ensure a safe and healthy workplace, to promote health between professionals, to ensure appropriate surveillance of workers in light of the risks to which they are exposed, to verify the physical and mental fitness of the profession, and to reduce absenteeism and disability resulting from accident or occupational disease. In order to accomplish this, the unit has modern facilities for Occupational Medicine and Occupational Health Nursing consultations as well as a laboratory equipped with the latest technology for the assessment of environmental and occupational hazards.


Occupational Health Laboratory


The Occupational Health Laboratory is a modern facility that constituted an integrated infrastructure supporting research and technological development and offering a wide range of laboratory services to industry and the community. It promotes occupational safety and hygiene, using the most varied and appropriate methodologies to assess working conditions, supported by cutting-edge equipment. Its activity provides guidance for the clinical recognition of environmental and occupational disease, the identification of sentinel health events, and monitoring of exposures in working populations in order to prevent and control occupational hazards and their associated diseases and injuries.


The laboratory provides analytical and consulting services whether to corporations, occupational physicians, safety technicians or others, at the environmental and occupational health area.


From the numerous conceivable evaluations, these stand out:


Physical Agents: occupational noise, vibrations (transmitted to the hand-arm system and the whole body), illuminance, luminance, non-coherent optical radiation, thermal stress and comfort.


Chemical Agents: inhalable and respirable particulates, anesthetic gases and other volatile organic compounds, metals and ozone.


Indoor Air Quality: Total Volatile Organic Compounds, PM10, PM2.5, CO2, CO, formaldehyde, radon.


Why should you choose our services?


We have a team of highly differentiated professionals, many with teaching careers at the University of Porto. This ensures a better translation of the latest scientific knowledge for daily care practice.


Integrates one of the biggest occupational health laboratories in the country, capable of supporting a wide range of industrial and laboratory services. A valuable aid for these area professionals, corporations and to the common citizens that can assess the environmental conditions not just from their work but also the one that surrounds him and its housing.


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