The mission of the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health is set by the. The acronym NIVA originates from the Swedish language title Nordiska Institutionen för Vidareutbildning inom Arbetsmiljöområdet. NIVA gathers top experts and knowledge from the Nordic countries and transforms research findings into advanced courses and seminars within the field of occupational health and safety for researchers and practitioners from both the Nordic countries and worldwide.

Our Story

NIVA was founded in 1982 in Helsinki, Finland in conjunction with the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (FIOH). Already at the time, there was a strong belief in the importance of discussing common Nordic occupational health and safety matters and in the power of gathering Nordic experts within the field. NIVA has been an active player in the field of occupational health and safety education for over 30 years. During this time, over 12 500 experts and specialists from over 40 countries have attended and networked in NIVA. Some 25 % of the attendees come from countries outside of the Nordics. Today, NIVA is the only institute in Europe that solely focuses on an international and advanced level of occupational education – course participants are accepted regardless of where in the world they come from.

Our Philosophy

We rely on our extensive network of occupational health and safety specialists throughout research institutions and organizations primarily in the Nordic countries but also from other places in the world. We believe in the power of networking and people meeting each other. The feedback we get from both attendees and lecturers gives us reason to carry on with the winning concept of offering a platform to meet and exchange ideas. In general, our courses take place in the Nordic capitals (with some exceptions) and last 2-3 days providing hardcore substance information and offering excellent networking opportunities. In the year 2017, we have launched our first online course and we are excited to see where this new endeavor will take us.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Courses

NIVA Education

The work in elderly care is physically and psychologically demanding. The physical demand in aged care is even more strenuous than in other social and healthcare sectors. ... [+]

Our societies are facing the challenge how to organize elderly care services. The aim is to let people live in their own homes as long as possible. The functional ability decreases with age while the need for assistance is growing. This increases the demand for healthcare personnel to efficiently work in private homes. While responding to this demand the health care personnel have to apply new ways of work and confront many ergonomic challenges what the private home as a workplace pose.

The work in elderly care is physically and psychologically demanding. The physical demand in aged care is even more strenuous than in other social and healthcare sectors. There are several physical risk factors, f. ex. 82 % of back injuries happen during manual patient handling tasks. The musculoskeletal disorders cause over one-third of the sick leaves and are the most import reason for early disability allowance. Shortage in nursing personnel is a problem in all western countries and it is expected to worsen. At the same time, the need for nursing care is increasing because our societies are rapidly aging.... [-]

Finland Helsinki
English
Full-time
2 days
Campus
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NIVA Education

Occupational skin diseases continue to be an important group of work-related diseases. They cause a significant percentage of industrial disabilities and a great number o ... [+]

Occupational skin diseases continue to be an important group of work-related diseases. They cause a significant percentage of industrial disabilities and a great number of lost work days. The vast majority of occupational skin diseases comprises contact dermatitis, allergic and irritant eczema, less frequently contact urticaria.

Course objectives

The aim of the course is to provide the participants with detailed up-to-date knowledge of the practical importance of clinical diagnostics, therapeutics, and prevention of occupational skin diseases. The course will cover the exposures and risk factors in different occupations, as well as the causative chemicals and other causes of these diseases, and contact allergy at large.... [-]

Finland Helsinki
English
Full-time
4 days
Campus
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NIVA Education

Musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck-shoulder pain is a major problem in the working environment and are associated with reduced work ability and sickness abse ... [+]

Musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck-shoulder pain is a major problem in the working environment and are associated with reduced work ability and sickness absence. Intervention studies with physical exercise at the workplace have during recent years shown promising results in preventing and reducing musculoskeletal pain and improving workability in different occupational groups.

This course will provide the participants with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience on how to design, perform and evaluate workplace interventions for increased physical exercise and reduced sitting time for improved musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health.

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to provide the participants with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience on how to design, perform and evaluate workplace interventions for increased physical exercise and reduced sitting time for improved musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health.... [-]

Iceland Reykjavík
English
Part-time
3 days
Campus
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