PARALLEL WORKING SESSIONSROUND TABLE 4: HEALTH IN OTHER POLICIESObjectives:To identify policy options and actions to enhance the consideration of workers health in other (non-health) policies and to design national occupational health and safety programmes in the context of integrated primary health care.Suggested questions:How intersectoral collaboration for workers health can be strengthened?How national profiles and action plans on workers health should be designed, implemented and evaluated so that they link to primary care?What is the role of strategic health impact assessment to address risks and benefits from workers health arising from public and private policies in other sectors?What actions should be undertaken to enhance the consideration of workers health in other (non-health) policies at the local, national and international level, including research to fill knowledge gaps? 1
How intersectoral collaboration for workershealth can be strengthened? 1• Implement a proper stakeholder analysis for each issue• Determine levels of interest of most important stakeholders, preferably at the local level• Think global, act local• Inclusion of informal sector creates leverage• Professional education and culture, e.g. medical training
How intersectoral collaboration for workershealth can be strengthened? 2• Make (non-health) advantages visible to various stakeholders• Create common ground, do not emphasize only health interest• Widen scope of formal government inspections and quality indicators• Use existing legal mechanisms, eg ILO conventions, as overall framework
How national profiles and action plans on workershealth should be designed, implemented andevaluated so that they link to primary care?• National profiles and action plans should create conducive atmosphere for local solutions• Solve problem of lack of data on environmental risks, especially on informal sector• Link to individual worker with simple tools, eg self-assessments• Make benefits clear for primary health care sector• Design combined training programmes
What is the benefit of strategic health impactassessment to address risks and benefits fromworkers health arising from public and private policiesin other sectors?• Awareness• Capitalisation of benefits and risks• Create common ground for dialogue between different actors• Involve local organisations and users as much as possible• Enable healthy public policies
What actions should be undertaken to include workershealth in other (non-health) policies at the local,national and international level, including research tofill knowledge gaps?• Proper health impact assessments• Involvement of workers and their communities• Bottom-up approach with all stakeholders• Identify knowledge gaps and funding of research• Training and education of occupational health risks and benefits, including in general education and medical training
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