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    ABSTRACT: Passive smoking is one of the main risk factors for severe chronic diseases. Hospitals are appropriate settings for promoting tobacco smoking cessation and preventing passive smoking. Moreover, since 2003 Italian Law (no 3/2003) forbids smoking in enclosed workplaces. The smoking ban should be strictly observed in hospitals. This study assessed smoking ban observance and exposure to ETS in a group of paramedical personnel working in a General Hospital (n=1037). Each subject answered a self-administered questionnaire. The prevalence of smokers was 31.2% in females and 31.5% in males. 83% of non-smokers and 66.6% of smokers approved the smoking ban in the hospital but 39.6% of non-smokers and 17.4% of smokers stated it was not observed. Percentages of, respectively, 57.0% and 31.1% in 2004 had dropped in 2005 and in 2006, after Law no 3/2003 was implemented. More than 90% of paramedical personnel declared that workers usually smoked in the workplace. 11.1% of non-smokers reported they were often exposed to ETS and 50% sometimes. These result show the smoking ban was not fully observed in the Hospital, where many workers reported they were exposed to ETS. Occupational Physicians should encourage health workers to stop smoking by offering appropriate counselling.
    Giornale italiano di medicina del lavoro ed ergonomia 01/2008; 30(3 Suppl):54-5.
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    ABSTRACT: Modern, non-industrial workplaces may, because of building techniques, widespread use of synthetic materials and artificial ventilation, create risks for the health and well-being of workers. Indoor air pollution by chemical, biological and sometimes physical agents constitutes a significant risk factor, particularly for the respiratory system. The most common effects of exposure to, and inhalation of, indoor air pollutants include acute and chronic inflammations, acute worsening of pre-existing respiratory symptoms or illnesses and airway sensitization to indoor allergens. Upper airway disturbances with an allergic or irritative aetiology are very frequent; Asthma and Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis are more rarely reported but may become severe and widespread when certain environmental conditions prevail. Respiratory infections may have a human source such as tuberculosis or viral diseases or may originate in ventilation systems such as Legionnaire's disease (Legionella pneumophila pneumonia). As all these pathologies may have high social and economic costs and appropriate therapy is not always available, the specialist in Occupational Medicine plays a pre-eminent role in early diagnosis and prevention of respiratory diseases linked to indoor air pollution in the workplace.
    Giornale italiano di medicina del lavoro ed ergonomia 01/2006; 28(3):276-8.
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    ABSTRACT: Permanent education of health workers is obligatory under Italian legislation and is managed by the Ministry of Health through its Permanent Education Programme. In 2000 the Italian Society of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene (SIMLII), set up and implemented a programme of Permanent Education and Accreditation for specialists in occupational medicine, based on participation in "non-mandatory" and "mandatory" educational activities. "Non-mandatory" activities were chosen by the individual physician for education in topics related to occupational medicine. "Mandatory" educational activities, which were organised by the Society, included in-depth analysis of the Society's guidelines related to specific topics in occupational medicine. The Guidelines study course played a pre-eminent role in the Society's permanent education programme and was greatly appreciated by all participants. The Board of the Society has recently approved a new Plan of Permanent Education, identifying the means (Guidelines, Consensus Documents) whereby occupational physicians can improve their professional standards. The Plan's aims are to facilitate accreditation and also to identify and promote high-quality updating programmes which will lead to recognition of 'professional excellence". Crucial to its success will be a 3-year on-line learning programme (MeLA) that SIMLII has just implemented, which will enable occupational physicians to acquire credits in "Occupational Medicine and Workplace Safety", as required by current Italian legislation. This article summarizes SIMLII activities over the past ten years in the field of permanent medical education for occupational physicians.
    La Medicina del lavoro 102(3):227-42. · 0.38 Impact Factor