Wednesday, 09 August 2017 09:22

Promoting health in the workplace

The promotion of health in the workplace (PSL) not only has a strategic value in companies, but should be considered with a "wider perspective than the fulfilment of the prevention obligations and in coherence with the principles of social responsibility". It is necessary to consider the promotion of health as a ' complementary strategy to that of ' health protection '.

To remember this is an intervention to the workshop, which was held on 21 October 2016 in Bologna during the event " Environment Work", entitled " Build Health in company: the plans of the prevention of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces between tradition and innovation". The report, which focuses on the general objectives and the various activities of the project, also reports the specific objectives:
- "preventing or modifying those harmful behaviours which constitute the main risk factors for the most frequent chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, cancers, respiratory diseases, diabetes);
- The PSL (Workplace Health promotion) has a strategic value in the workplace, especially when linked to the reduction of additive or synergistic effects on the health of occupational risks and lifestyles. "
It is estimated that "36 of the 57 million deaths occurring in the world in 2008, or 63% of them, were caused by non-communicable diseases, including primarily cardiovascular diseases (48% of non-communicable diseases), tumours (21%), chronic respiratory diseases (12%) and diabetes (3.5%). And in Europe, "86% of deaths are determined by chronic diseases-cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, cancers, diabetes-which have in common four main risk factors: smoking, alcohol abuse, poor nutrition and physical inactivity". In Italy, this group of Diseases "is responsible for 75% of deaths and always 75% of severe disability conditions".
It should be noted that "particularly in these years of economic crisis and new working scenarios, there is a new diffusion of problems related to chronic non-communicable diseases. Those who are unemployed smoke more, use more often alcohol and are more sedentary, all risk factors for many diseases, including circulatory, respiratory, metabolic, cancer and for general mortality."

  • Author: Carmen Ciobanu
  • Country: Italy
  • Language: English
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