Occupational Safety and Health Concerns in Library Work Places


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Presented at MAHLAP Seminar on “The Challenge of the Medical and Health Librarians in the Next Millennium,” held at the Science and Information Technology Institute, DOST, Bicutan, Taguig. Philippines on 1999 Nov. 25

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Occupational Safety and Health Concerns in Library Work Places

  1. 1. Occupational Safety and Health Concerns in Library Work Places by Fe Angela M. Verzosa
  2. 2. what is occupational health? <ul><li>“ the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations” </li></ul><ul><li>“ the protection of workers in their employment from risks resulting from factors adverse to health” </li></ul><ul><li>“ the adaptation of work to man and of each man to his job” </li></ul><ul><li>ILO-WHO </li></ul>
  3. 3. occupational safety and health (OSH) <ul><li>emerged as a concern as early as in 1950 </li></ul><ul><li>studies made on indoor air pollutants </li></ul><ul><li>researches on psychosocial factors at work and their adverse effects on health </li></ul><ul><li>surveys on work-related accidents and illnesses </li></ul><ul><li>studies on skin symptoms caused by exposure to electric fields from visual display units </li></ul><ul><li>research findings on muscoskeletal disorders </li></ul>
  4. 4. what are the occupational risks in library work places ?
  5. 5. “ muscoloskeletaldisorders” or physical discomforts <ul><li>too much standing </li></ul><ul><li>too much sitting </li></ul><ul><li>too much reaching/arm-stretching </li></ul><ul><li>prolonged and close exposure to electric and magnetic fields from a VDT </li></ul><ul><li>prolonged computer keyboard operation </li></ul>
  6. 6. mental stress generators <ul><li>work overload </li></ul><ul><li>risk-taking and decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>ennui and boredom </li></ul><ul><li>lack of career advancement </li></ul><ul><li>fear of retirement </li></ul><ul><li>organizational climate and culture </li></ul>
  7. 7. emotional stress generators <ul><li>smoking control </li></ul><ul><li>time pressure </li></ul><ul><li>verbal abuse </li></ul><ul><li>sexual harassment </li></ul><ul><li>employee morale </li></ul><ul><li>general working conditions causing stress </li></ul>
  8. 8. effects of neglect of workers’ occupational safety and health <ul><li>absenteeism or tardiness </li></ul><ul><li>accidents resulting in injuries and/or deaths </li></ul><ul><li>chronic illnesses </li></ul><ul><li>low employee morale </li></ul><ul><li>poor performance at work </li></ul><ul><li>increased costs due to workdays lost </li></ul><ul><li>hidden costs due to manpower failure </li></ul>
  9. 9. Composition of OSH Service Staff <ul><li>occupational health doctor </li></ul><ul><li>occupational hygienist </li></ul><ul><li>occupational psychologist </li></ul><ul><li>toxicologist </li></ul><ul><li>ergonomist </li></ul><ul><li>safety officers </li></ul><ul><li>occupational health nurses & first-aiders </li></ul>
  10. 10. Areas covered in the assessment of OSH <ul><li>organizational structure and culture </li></ul><ul><li>nature of work </li></ul><ul><li>role of personnel department </li></ul><ul><li>personnel selection procedures </li></ul><ul><li>personnel working conditions </li></ul><ul><li>sickness/absence procedures </li></ul><ul><li>health-related personnel policies </li></ul>
  11. 11. Library Concerns <ul><li>promotion of awareness of OSH in library environments </li></ul><ul><li>adoption of common measures that will ensure OSH in library work places </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration in the areas of training and education, research, information </li></ul><ul><li>networking and dissemination, and monitoring and evaluation </li></ul>
  12. 12. Action Agenda <ul><li>institutional meetings </li></ul><ul><li>education and training </li></ul><ul><li>research </li></ul><ul><li>information promotion, advocacy, </li></ul><ul><li>and dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>monitoring and evaluation </li></ul>
  13. 13. Training areas <ul><li>stress management </li></ul><ul><li>change management </li></ul><ul><li>emergency planning and disaster preparedness </li></ul><ul><li>workplace hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>safety management </li></ul><ul><li>managing muscoskeletal disorders </li></ul>
  14. 14. Areas of Research <ul><li>review of related literature on OSH </li></ul><ul><li>health effects of indoor air pollutants </li></ul><ul><li>health effects of radiation to electric and magnetic fields from VDTs </li></ul><ul><li>muscoskeletal disorders </li></ul><ul><li>recruitment practices and orientation procedures </li></ul><ul><li>general working conditions </li></ul>
  15. 15. promotion, advocacy and information dissemination involves <ul><li>information campaign </li></ul><ul><li>database creation </li></ul><ul><li>legislation </li></ul><ul><li>linkages with experts and specialists in OSH, especially with the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Org </li></ul>
  16. 16. for further information <ul><li>Dr. Dulce Estrella Gust </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Occupational Safety and Health Center </li></ul><ul><li>Tel. 928-6690; fax 929-6030 </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Rosanna Tubelonia </li></ul><ul><li>Head, Training and Public Information Division </li></ul><ul><li>* provides free publications of OSHC </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thank you and have a pleasant and safe day .