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Augusto P.,INAIL Italian Workers Compensation Authority
21st International Congress on Sound and Vibration 2014, ICSV 2014 | Year: 2014

The study concerns a noise impact prediction, in order to establish compliance according to the contract of new water cooling towers that will be installed following the completion of a modern central cooling subservient at the General Hospital "A. Gemelli" in Rome. To characterize the existing cooling towers of the refrigeration unit, and to detect the residual noise of the area, sound level measurements were carried out during the night. These samples, together with the sound emission data of the new sources (certified by the manufacturer), were used in order to build the prediction noise Scenarios using "CADNA" software and other appropriate algorithms. Copyright © (2014) by the International Institute of Acoustics & Vibration All rights reserved.

Mattioli S.,University of Bologna | Farioli A.,University of Bologna | Cooke R.M.T.,University of Bologna | Baldasseroni A.,Tuscany Regional Center for Occupational Injuries and Diseases | And 8 more authors.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine | Year: 2012

Objective: To compare the yield of hand-searching with optimised electronic search strategies in retrieving occupational health (OH) intervention studies published in a language other than English. Methods: The authors systematically hand-searched and screened reports of OH intervention studies published in Italian in peer-reviewed scientific journals between 1990 and 2008. The authors evaluated how many of them met the Cochrane Occupational Safety and Health Review Groups (OSHRG) definition of being an OH intervention study and how many potentially relevant studies retrieved by hand-searching would not be found by PubMed alone using the OSHRG's most specific and most sensitive search strings. Results: Hand-searching retrieved 25 articles (reporting 27 studies), including nine not indexed in MEDLINE. Most studies (81%, 22/27) had a before-after design and only one was a randomised trial. The OSHRG's most sensitive search string retrieved all 16 articles published in the Italian language journals that were indexed in MEDLINE, while the most specific search strategy retrieved nine articles (56%, 9/16). The most specific search string showed a lower 'number needed to read' value than the most sensitive one (60 vs 132). Conclusions: These findings suggest that a sensitive electronic search strategy may be able to find most of the OH interventions published in languages other than English that are indexed in MEDLINE. Hand-searching of important national journals not indexed in MEDLINE should be considered when conducting particularly in-depth research.

Giliberti C.,INAIL Italian Workers Compensation Authority | Bedini A.,INAIL Italian Workers Compensation Authority | Salerno S.,ENEA
COMPEL - The International Journal for Computation and Mathematics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering | Year: 2012

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to apply a dedicated checklist for the evaluation of good practice information in the design of Italian internet sites on electromagnetic fields (emf) and health. Design/methodology/approach - The "Guidelines on the collection, evaluation and dissemination of good practice information on the Internet" by European Occupational Safety and Health Agency (EU-OSHA) and the criteria of effective health communication, by the American National Institute of Health (NIH), have been reoriented to the issue "emf and health". In total, 100 Italian internet sites, provided by the search engine GoogleItalia, have been analysed. Findings - The results show how Italian official sources of information on "emf and health", mainly affiliated to public institutions, apply good practice criteria in the design of internet sites, in terms of Identity card of the provider, quality of information, usability, interactivity and content of the sites. Practical implications - In recent years, the internet has become a powerful tool for information, especially concerning health issues. Internet users need to find a trusted source providing accurate, balanced, evidence-based, reliable, understandable information. This research provides practical criteria for selecting good practice information in the internet sites dedicated to "emf and health". Originality/value - The authors' effort in collecting and evaluating main criteria for an ergonomic design of internet sites dedicated to "emf and health", confirms the need to implement usability of the internet sites and enhance the quality of information provided in the web in terms of "good practice". © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Bragatto P.A.,INAIL Italian Workers Compensation Authority | Pirone A.,INAIL Italian Workers Compensation Authority
Advances in Safety, Reliability and Risk Management - Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2011 | Year: 2012

The main goal of the present paper is to transfer the recent findings in occupational risk quantification, into the question of industrial ports. In chemical ports there are a few specific problems, which include vessel vulnerability, navigation risks and security procedures. Furthermore the method is required to be simple and easy to use in order to be shared by all stakeholders. This paper is aiming to propose a semi-quantitative method, based on the bowtie approach, which has been developed for the assessment of the personnel risk at an Italian industrial port. The performances of the preventive and protective barriers have been derived from safety inspections, as ruled by Seveso Legislation. © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group.

Bragatto P.,INAIL Italian Workers Compensation Authority | Agnello P.,INAIL Italian Workers Compensation Authority | Ansaldi S.,INAIL Italian Workers Compensation Authority | Artenio E.,INAIL Italian Workers Compensation Authority | Delle Site C.,INAIL Italian Workers Compensation Authority
Journal of Applied Engineering Science | Year: 2015

The knowledge about pressure equipment failure modes and rates is essential for the risk management. In the Seventies an incomparable effort was made by National Authorities, which at that time controlled the pressure equipment, aiming at providing the industry with trustable reliability parameters, which are still in us, even though repeatedly amended by experts. In order to revive and update the knowledge on this matter, the judgment of the experts is not enough and much more data on the field must be gathered. Experimental studies on a large scale are now impossible, thus the only way is to exploit potential of semantic search and the huge data in the public domain. The information scattered in the web, tied together, may provide industry and authorities with the knowledge they need to make the right decisions.

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