Health promotion in the workplaceILO’s approach andgood practicesDr. Yuka UjitaSpecialist, Occupational safety and HealthI...
Traditional approach to occupationalhealthVery ill ordependentHealthyResources
Paradigm shiftMore focus on prevention
Goals of workplace health promotion• Improved workplace productivity andperformance;• Long-term well-being of workers andt...
Impacts to workers and employers• Improvement of work organization andthe working environment;• Social dialogue and active...
Key factors• Complementary to OSH measures toprevent accidents and diseases;• Evidence-based action;• Involvement of emplo...
Areas of action• Workplace well-being;• Prevention of addiction to alcohol anddrug;• Prevention of HIV/AIDS;• Psychosocial...
ILO’s tool on health promotionSOLVE• Prevention of psychosocial risks• Promotion of health and well-being at work through ...
ILO’s tool on health promotionSOLVEIntegrating health promotion intoworkplace OSH policies
Management Systems ApproachPDCA Cycle
Integration of health promotion intoworkplace OSH policiesIdentify specific problems andassess needsProvide training andim...
Country model: JapanPolicy framework:Industrial Safety and Health Act (1972), Article70: Employer’s duty to take necessary...
Country model: JapanMeasures to be taken: Assessment of health Guidance on physical exerciseExercise programmeAssistance...
Good practice (1) 100 days challenge1. Tobacco cessation, 2. Weight controlBackground: communication company (393 workers,...
Good practice (2) Sustainable preventionof back pain : stretch exercise at workBackground: printing company (1,400workers)...
Integration of health promotion intoworkplace OSH policiesIdentify specific problems andassess needsProvide training andim...
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  1. 1. Health promotion in the workplaceILO’s approach andgood practicesDr. Yuka UjitaSpecialist, Occupational safety and HealthILO Decent Work Team and Officefor the Caribbean
  2. 2. Traditional approach to occupationalhealthVery ill ordependentHealthyResources
  3. 3. Paradigm shiftMore focus on prevention
  4. 4. Goals of workplace health promotion• Improved workplace productivity andperformance;• Long-term well-being of workers andtheir families;• Reduced pressure on health, welfare andsocial security systems.
  5. 5. Impacts to workers and employers• Improvement of work organization andthe working environment;• Social dialogue and active participation ofsocial partners in OSH reinforcement;• Promotion of health among all workers,their families and their communities;• Encouragement of personal developmentand well-being.
  6. 6. Key factors• Complementary to OSH measures toprevent accidents and diseases;• Evidence-based action;• Involvement of employers, workers andtheir representatives;• Focused on healthy behaviours;• Integration into OSH managementpractices.
  7. 7. Areas of action• Workplace well-being;• Prevention of addiction to alcohol anddrug;• Prevention of HIV/AIDS;• Psychosocial hazards and mental stress;• Prevention of violence at work;• Tobacco-free workplace.
  8. 8. ILO’s tool on health promotionSOLVE• Prevention of psychosocial risks• Promotion of health and well-being at work through policydesign and action
  9. 9. ILO’s tool on health promotionSOLVEIntegrating health promotion intoworkplace OSH policies
  10. 10. Management Systems ApproachPDCA Cycle
  11. 11. Integration of health promotion intoworkplace OSH policiesIdentify specific problems andassess needsProvide training andimplement workplace actionEvaluate workplace health promotionactivities and modify as neededBroaden OSH policy tointegrate health promotion
  12. 12. Country model: JapanPolicy framework:Industrial Safety and Health Act (1972), Article70: Employer’s duty to take necessary measuresfor the maintenance and promotion of workers’healthGuidelines for the measures to be taken bythe employer (1988, 1st version)Development of heath promotion planEstablishment of implementation system inthe workplaceUse of health promotion service facilitiesEvaluation of outcomes
  13. 13. Country model: JapanMeasures to be taken: Assessment of health Guidance on physical exerciseExercise programmeAssistance/guide Mental health care Nutritional guidance Health guidance! ! Confidentiality
  14. 14. Good practice (1) 100 days challenge1. Tobacco cessation, 2. Weight controlBackground: communication company (393 workers,54 years-average)Tools: study sessions, medical assistance, eventplan (hiking), newsletter, support email, certificateAchievements:Success rate: Tobacco 25~57%, Weight 28~54%Improvement in medical examKeys to successOSH committee activation, commitment bymanagement, supporting system,motivation/encouragement, sharing of feeling
  15. 15. Good practice (2) Sustainable preventionof back pain : stretch exercise at workBackground: printing company (1,400workers), weakened muscles in the physical fitnesstestTools: study sessions (lecture and exercise) for allworkers, identification of high-risk unit, support bysupervisors, regular visit by occupational nurseAchievements:56% reduction of workers with back pain (6 months)Keys to successNeeds assessment, pilot in the high-risk workunit, cooperation with supervisors, sensitization ofunit leaders, positive intervention into workplace
  16. 16. Integration of health promotion intoworkplace OSH policiesIdentify specific problems andassess needsProvide training andimplement workplace actionEvaluate workplace health promotionactivities and modify as neededBroaden OSH policy tointegrate health promotion
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