Occupational Health-Workplace Health Management

Workplace Health Management (WHM) There are four important elements to workplace health management.

  • Occupational safety and health
  • Workplace health promotion
  • Social and lifestyle determinants of health
  • Environmental health management

Past policies were often driven solely by legal compliance. In the new approach to workplace health care, policy development is driven by both legal requirements and health goals voluntarily set by the working community within each industry. Effective workplace health management must be based on the knowledge, experience and practice accumulated in the three areas of occupational health and safety, workplace health promotion and environmental hygiene. It is important to see WHM not only as a process for continuous improvement and health promotion within the enterprise, but also as a framework for engagement between various institutions within the community. It provides a platform for cooperation between local governments and business leaders on community development through improving public and environmental health.

Healthy work environment-the basis of a community action plan.

The Luxembourg Declaration of the European Union Network for Workplace Health defines WHP as a joint effort of employers, employees and society to improve the health and welfare of people in the workplace.

This can be achieved with the following combinations:

Improving work organization and work environment
Promote the active participation of employees in health activities
Encourage self-development
Workplace health promotion is considered by the EU Network’s Luxembourg Declaration as a modern corporate strategy aimed at preventing workplace health problems and increasing the potential and well-being of the workforce. Documented benefits of workplace programs include reduced absenteeism, reduced cardiovascular risk, reduced medical billing, reduced staff turnover, reduced musculoskeletal injury, increased productivity, and organizational effectiveness. Includes improved productivity and potential return on investment.

However, many of these improvements require the continued involvement of employees, employers, and society in the activities needed to make a difference. This is achieved by empowering employees to make decisions about their health. Occupational Health and Safety Advisors (OHAs) conduct a needs assessment of health promotion initiatives with the working population they serve, prioritize these initiatives along with other ongoing occupational health and safety initiatives, and at the enterprise level. Suitable for coordinating activities at. To ensure that the planned initiatives are delivered. In the past, occupational health services have been involved in assessing work aptitude and the level of disability for insurance purposes for many years.

The concept of maintaining work capacity in an otherwise healthy working population was developed by several innovative occupational health services. In some cases, these efforts have been developed in response to the increasing challenges posed by the aging workforce and increasing costs of social security. OHA is often at the forefront of these developments.

The focus of all occupational health services needs to be further developed to include efforts to maintain work capacity and prevent preventable conditions in non-professional workplaces through workplace intervention. This requires several occupational health services to become more actively involved in improving workplace health without paying attention to the prevention of occupational accidents and illnesses. OHA is in a good position to keep in close contact with employees and to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion and maintenance of work capacity interventions in the workplace, sometimes for years.

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Health promotion in the workplace has become more important in the last decade as employers and employees are aware of their respective benefits. Working people spend about half of their sleepless days at work. This provides an ideal opportunity for employees to share and receive a variety of health messages and for employers to create a healthy working environment. The scope of health promotion depends on the needs of each group.

Some of the most common health promotion activities are smoking reduction activities, healthy nutrition or exercise programs, and prevention and mitigation of substance and alcohol abuse.

However, if people in the company consider these factors important for improving health, well-being, and quality of life, health promotion can also be directed to other social, cultural, and environmental health determinants. There is sex. In this case, factors such as improving work organization, motivation, reducing stress and burnout, introducing flexible working hours, self-development plans, and career advancement also contribute to the overall health and well-being of the working community. May be useful for.

Setting Up a Healthy Community In addition to occupational health and safety and improving workplace health, there is another important aspect of workplace health management. This is related to the potential impact each company has on the surrounding environment and the impact it has on the distant environment through pollutants and products and services provided to other companies. Recall how the impact of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident affected all of our neighbors.

The impact on corporate environmental health is governed by laws that differ from those applicable to workplace health and safety, but to the protection of the working environment within the company, the improvement of labor organizations and culture, and environmental health. There is a strong relationship between these approaches. management.

Many large companies have already combined occupational health and safety with environmental hygiene management to optimally use the talent available within the company and avoid duplication of effort. Occupational health nurses can contribute to environmental hygiene management, especially in companies that do not employ environmental hygiene specialists.