Master in Occupational Safety and Health

Master in Occupational Safety and Health

Master in Occupational Safety and Health

7 September 2020–31 August 2021
The course is available in English

The University of Turin, Italy, in partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), the International Labour Office (ILO) and the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH) is offering a Master course in Occupational Safety and Health. This one-year programme, conducted in English, includes an internet-based distance learning phase and a face-to-face residential phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin, followed by another distance phase for the preparation of the dissertation. The proposed programme combines the advantages of both sound academic input and the international training experience of the organizing partners. An international approach has been applied to the contents, methodology development and composition of the training team. This programme involves participants from both developing and developed countries, who will have opportunity to share their different experiences. It also comprises a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills.

Key features
Modern methods

Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises

Inspiring discussions

Exchange ideas with international students and faculty

High-level resources

Engage with experts from the ILO and other international organizations

Introduction to the course

Public and private sector organizations throughout the world are increasingly concerned with improving occupational safety and health (OSH). In both developed and developing countries, the rapid pace of technological change, combined with the persistence of unsafe or environmentally hazardous working conditions, has served to focus attention on the need to create safe, healthy working environments and promote a new safety culture in the workplace. Organizations are increasingly seeking OSH professionals who can catalyse these processes, and it is not always easy to find professionals with the right skills. Becoming a safety and health professional requires multidisciplinary training. The OSH profession calls for a broad-based educational background, including specialized knowledge of the physical sciences (medicine, physics, chemistry and engineering) and social sciences (behaviour, motivation and communication), together with an understanding of the principles and concepts of management. Accordingly, the University of Turin, Italy, in partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), the International Labour Office (ILO) and the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), is offering a Master Course in Occupational Safety and Health. This one-year programme, to be held in English, includes an Internet-based distance-learning phase, a face-to-face residential period on the ITCILO's campus in Turin, and another distance-learning phase for the preparation of the dissertation. The proposed programme combines the advantages of the academic experience and the international training experience of the organizing partners in the field of OSH. An international approach has been applied to the content and methodology, as well as the composition of the training team. This programme involves participants from both developing and developed countries, who will thus have an opportunity to share their different experiences. It also features a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills.

Who attends this course?

The course has been specifically designed for hygienists, physicians, chemists, engineers, inspectors, practitioners and officers, with a university degree but without a previous specialization in OSH, who are working, or wish to work, as OSH specialists.

What are the topics?

In the online phase, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals and basic concepts of the OSH through the following eight modules:

  • Module A1: Introduction to the occupational safety and health.
  • Module A2: Occupational Safety.
  • Module A3: Occupational Hygiene.
  • Module A4: Occupational Medicine.
  • Module A5: Occupational Psychosociology and Ergonomics.
  • Module A6: National OSH Governance.
  • Module A7: Participatory approaches for the improvement of the working conditions. 
  • Module A8: Organization of OSH at the enterprise level.

In the residential phase, the contents are split into the following 11 modules:

  • Module 1: Safety techniques.
  • Module 2: Management competences.
  • Module 3: Major hazard control.
  • Module 4: OSH management systems.
  • Module 5: Physical agents.
  • Module 6: Occupational hygiene techniques.
  • Module 7: Occupational toxicology and medicine.
  • Module 8: Ergonomics and auditing.
  • Module 9: Psychosocial factors and health promotion.
  • Module 10: Teaching skills.
  • Module 11: Organization and management.
What will I learn?

The master course will have three phases, one consisting of 20 weeks online distance learning, another consisting of 11 weeks residential training at the ITC/ILO campus in Turin, Italy and another distance phase of 21 weeks for the preparation of the dissertation.

1st Phase: Preparatory Internet-based distance learning (550 hours)

This phase includes 370 hours for self-studying and exercises and 180 hours for preparing and submitting the assessments.

Participants will have access to an on-line platform through which they will learn in an individual way. They will receive support from tutors with expertise in the subject matter; participate in a forum, use the documentation centre, and network.

This phase is preparatory. It will enable participants with different levels and fields of knowledge to reach an adequate and homogeneous level for taking advantage of the residential phase.

2nd Phase: Residential phase of Turin (450 hours).

This phase will include classroom training, study visits to selected enterprises and related training sessions (350 hours), and 100 hours of assessment.

Instructors will use lectures, discussions, exercises and other interactive learning activities to strike a balance between theory and practice and to stimulate discussion among the participants and professors. A practical approach based on the analysis and resolution of OSH issues will be taken.

3rd Phase: Preparation of Master dissertation (500 hours)

Participants will work individually in their country for the preparation of their Master dissertation, assisted at distance by tutors and professors with OSH expertise.  

The outline of the final dissertation is to be presented in the last week of the residential part in Turin and is to be completed before the end of August 2020.

 

What will I be able to do?

General objective

Facilitate the knowledge and skills required for dealing effectively with safety and health management.

Specific objectives

At the end of the training programme, participants will be able to:

  • Manage the use of procedures, techniques, methods and other tools for hazard identification, risk evaluation and risk control.
  • Formulate, implement and evaluate a safety and health management plan for an enterprise, incorporating essential OSH concepts and fundamental techniques of OSH management.
  • Advise employers and workers on OSH technical requirements of OSH.
  • Support the efforts of an enterprise to improve its OSH.
Why should I enroll?

The proposed programme combines the advantages of the academic experience and the international training experience in OSH of the organizing partners. An international approach has been applied to the contents, the methodology development as well as to the composition of the training team.

This programme involves participants from both developing and developed countries, who will thus have an opportunity to share their different experiences. Furthermore, it also offers a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem solving skills.

Study visits 

Technical visits to industries and other productive sectors will provide the opportunity for discussing with professionals in OSH management in various environments. Training sessions will also provide additional detailed explanation of risks and preventive measures adopted in the 13 enterprises from different sectors visited.

Documentation 

Participants will receive follow-up documentation with which to expand their knowledge of the topics. A bibliography and links section will be incorporated into the virtual platform for the distance learning phase.

Applications

Before you apply for this master course, please make sure that you match the participants' profile and fulfill the participation's requirements.

Important: the application form must be filled and submitted on-line here.   

Deadline for application: 15 July 2019 (Extended)

Additionally to the application form, ITCILO should receive (attached in the application form, by fax or by e-mail) a signed written communication of the sponsor indicating its agreement to finance the costs of participation of the candidate in the course. In case a candidate self-finances his/her participation, please send a signed written communication indicating it. 

Eligibility criteria

The selection of participants for this programme will be made by a selection committee consisting of ITCILO and Turin University representatives. The selection committee shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate, under conditions of equality, in the programme.

The selection criteria will include academic and professional qualifications, experience, organization of origin, country of origin, and gender balance.

The course will not take place with fewer than 18 participants. The maximum number of participants will be 35.

General  requirements 

The following are essential for admission to this programme:

  • a university degree;
  • a working knowledge of spoken and written English;
  • the ability to use computers and the Internet.

Technical requirements 

For the distance learning phase, you will need:

  • Access to the Internet;
  • An e-mail address;
  • A browser: Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 8.0 or above;
  • Screen size: not less than 800 x 600 pixels;
  • Color: at least 64.536 colours (16-bit);
  • JavaScript: your browser must be JavaScript-enabled;
  • Microsoft Word 2000 (or above);
  • Acrobat Reader 6 or above. You can download it at here.
Steps required to participate

Read the entire description of the course to be sure that this is the type of the course that is need and to make sure that you match the participants' profile and can fulfill the participation's requirements. There are four important requirements:

  • University degree When accepted to participate in this course, your University degree as well as other documents required by the University should be validated by the Italian consulate in your country.
  • Fluency in English. The course is in English and the evaluation of participants involves the preparation of written exercises and reports.
  • Computing and Internet proficiency. The distance-learning phase involves the use of a virtual platform.
  • Availability of time. The course lasts 52 weeks; the first 20 weeks are in the modality of distance-learning the second part is a residential phase of 11 weeks to be held at the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Italy. the third part of 21 weeks is again in the modality of distance learning.

Discuss with your organization or identify another sponsor that could financially support your participation in the course. 

Apply to the course before the deadline for applications using the online application here.

Please fill in all the required fields in the application form. Please do not forget to send us an a signed written communication from your sponsoring institution (or from yourself in case of self-financing), with an indication of how your participation and travel costs will be met.

In the first part of June you will be informed on the outcome of the selection, your preselection or not to participate in the course. You will be asked to confirm your interest in participating.

We will ask you to prepare and send some documents that are required for the enrollment and MATRICULATION in the University of Turin. These documents must be presented before September (i.e before the beginning of the course). Please note that this step could take months so it is recommended to start the procedures of validation, translation and requests to the Italian consulate as soon as possible.

  • Legalized copy of your University Degree diploma issued by the academic institution and counter signed by the competent authority in your country (apostille needed). The certification of the competent local authority should state that the copy is in conformity with the original of the diploma. Please note that we only need your University Degree, not other course diplomas or certificates.
  • Translation into Italian of your University Degree diploma. The translation needs to be done by an official translator recognized by the Italian Embassy in your country, and its conformity with the original needs to be certified by the Italian Embassy.
  • Legalized copy of your academic transcripts issued by the academic institution and counter signed by the competent authority in your country (apostille needed). The certification of the competent local authority should state that the copy is in conformity with the original of the academic transcripts.
  • Translation of the academic transcripts into Italian. The translation needs to be done by an official translator recognized by the Italian Embassy in your country, and its conformity with the original needs to be certified by the Italian Embassy.
  • The "Declaration of Value in the country of issuance of your University Degree/Diploma" issued by the Italian Embassy in the country where your University Degree was obtained.
  • Two passport-size pictures of your face
  • A copy of your passport (main page)

The payment should be made in advance (before the beginning of the course in September) by bank transfer to:

International Training Centre of the ILO 
Account No. 1 0000 0560 002 
Bank: Intesa Sanpaolo SpA 
Branch No. 523 
Branch Address: Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10 - 10127 Turin, Italy 
IBAN: IT96 G 03069 09214 100000560002 
BIC/SWIFT: BCITITMM

Once the payment has been done and the required documents have been presented, we will proceed to enroll you at the University of Turin.

Once the payment has been done and the required documents presented, ILO Turin Centre would send to you a letter for supporting your visa application to the Italian Consulate in your country for the residential phase of the course in Turin, Italy.

Faculty

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Enrico Pira, Professor, University of Turin, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Sciences of Public Health and Pediatrics

  • Prof. Alessandro Massé, Associate Professor, University of Turin, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences

  • Prof. Giuseppe Massazza, Associate Professor, University of Turin, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences

  • Prof. Mario Patrucco, former Professor, Polytechnic University of Turin, Department of  Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering, ITC ILO consultant

  • Mr. Giuseppe Casale, Deputy Director, International Training Centre of the ILO

  • Mr. Félix Martín Daza, Senior Programme Officer, Social Protection Programme, International Training Centre of the ILO

Resource persons

The teaching team will be selected for its professional experience and subject knowledge. It will consist of academic resource persons and OSH practitioners:

  • senior professors from the University of Turin and other renowned universities;
  • OSH experts from the ILO and other organizations;
  • OSH specialists from enterprises;
  • specialist tutors who will support and interact with the participants throughout the programme.
Assessment and qualifications awarded

Assessment 

The evaluation strategy uses different types of assessment.

Self-assessment. Participants will be given tools to check their own level of knowledge and produce feedback on their learning progress.

Assessment. Systematic assignments and exams will assess the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme. Participants should complete and submit the compulsory assignments and exams for each module, and get the review and approval of the tutor before the prescribed deadlines. The dissertation should be approved by the scientific committee.

Monitoring and evaluation of the programme. Continuous monitoring of the programme will be undertaken by the activity manager, including participants' opinions, will indicate any necessary corrective measures to be taken. At the end of the programme, participants will express their opinions about the course's topics, activities, administration and organization in a final evaluation form.

Qualifications awarded

A diploma of First Level Master in Occupational Safety and Health and a transcript (60 certified university credits) will be awarded from the University of Turin to those participants who fulfill all following conditions:

  • satisfy the administrative and documentary requirements of the University of Turin;
  • satisfy the attendance requirements. (Attendance at all training sessions during the residential phase is compulsory. Only participants with at least 95% attendance of training sessions will be entitled to apply for the diploma).
  • get the tutors' approval on the required assignments within the set deadlines and pass the prescribed examinations demonstrating the level of competence required by of the scientific committee.[1]
  • get the approval of the scientific committee on the dissertation within the set deadlines;

What is this Master in occupational safety and health?

According to the Italian University System, there are two types of Masters: 1st level master and 2nd level master.

The only difference between them is the minimum educational background and academic qualification requirements to be enrolled in these masters: to be enrolled on a 1st level Master's, the minimum requirement is a bachelor degree (3 years); while for a 2nd level Master, the minimum requirement is a post-graduate degree (3 + 2 years).

Therefore, pursuing our 1st level Master in Occupational Safety and Health, a first level master diploma will be awarded.

Does this Master in occupational safety and health give access to PhD or to any other 3rd cycle programme?

The qualification awarded in this master (First level Master in occupational safety and health) does not give access to PhD programmes or to any other 3rd cycle programme, since this type of course does not belong to the general requirement established at the national level, but it is offered under the autonomous responsibility of the University of Turin.

Could this Master in occupational safety and health be followed only at a distance?

No, this Master course includes a residential phase of 11 weeks. Attendance to this residential phase is compulsory.

What happens if I do not complete the dissertation of the Master in occupational safety and health on time?

You will receive a certificate of attendance of the distance learning phase and the residential phase (if this is the case) of the Master. If you want to obtain the diploma, you have to apply again to a new edition of the Master, be selected and pay a reduced tuition fee and complete the dissertation of Master in occupational safety and health in time. 

During the 11 week residential part in Turin, is it compulsory to take the accommodation and subsistence package in the campus of the ILO Turin Centre?

No, you can decide to stay outside the ITCILO campus. However, we would recommend to look for a place not far from the campus because the training lessons start at 8.30 AM everyday (some days in which study visits are scheduled you may be required to be at the campus at 7.30).

The cost of accommodation during the residential phase of 11 weeks in our facilities is Euro 4,235 booked and payable in advance by the participant or his/her sponsoring organization.The accommodation includes a single bedroom, a weekly subsidy for the laundry service and breakfast on the ITCILO Campus during the residential phase.

The campus facilities also include a restaurant, canteen and cafeteria services for the participants and the Centre's staff, where you may have lunch and dinner and pay directly to these services when you use them. 

International Training Center of the ILO 

In 1965, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Italian Government established the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) in Turin, Italy. The Centre is committed to assisting countries with their social development. Through learning and training, the Centre develops human resources and institutional capacity in pursuit of the ILO's primary goal of decent work for all men and women.

To assist countries with their social and economic development, besides training proper, the Centre provides technical support and advisory services. It assembles, packages and disseminates the best thinking and practice concerning the world of work from the ILO and elsewhere.

Over the years, more that 200,000 participants from 185 countries have received training in one of the following areas:

  • international labour standards and human rights
  • employment and skills development
  • enterprise development
  • social protection
  • employers' activities
  • workers' activities
  • social dialogue
  • management of development
  • distance education and learning technology

Social Protection, Governance and Tripartism Programme

The Social Protection, Governance and Tripartism Programme promotes the ILO strategic objective of enhancing the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all through capacity-building. It offers different training programmes on:

  • social security schemes and social protection floors
  • labour relations and disputes resolution
  • migrant workers
  • labour administration and labour inspection
  • occupational safety and health (OSH).

The OSH training courses (both in Turin and in beneficiary countries) for institutional representatives are mainly on:

  • formulating national OSH policy and strategies
  • strengthening national government departments
  • developing employers and workers organizations' OSH capacity.

Through this partnership with the University of Turin, we hope to create new learning opportunities for OSH practitioners.

The University of Turin is one of the oldest universities in Europe, with 600 years' experience of academic training.

The University is a public institution whose 12 Faculties provide training that leads to a wide range of first degrees, specialist degrees and Master's degrees. It also runs other training activities.

The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, through its Department of Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Occupational Medicine, is collaborating with the ITC/ILO on a postgraduate course on occupational health and safety in the workplace. In addition to this, its international dimension involves research projects, cooperation agreements and joint training programmes with other national and international organizations.

The University of Turin and the ITC/ILO have experience of joint activities. They are currently running 7 Master programmes together.

Contacts

University of Turin 
Department of Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Occupational Medicine 

Via Zuretti, 29 10126 Turin, Italy

You can find more information at: https://www.unito.it/

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