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Occupational Health Section

ABOUT THE SECTION

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 2.2 MILLIONS DIE EVERY YEAR BECAUSE OF OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS AND DISEASES. 270 MILLION WORKERS SUFFER SERIOUS NON-FATAL INJURIES AND ANOTHER 160 MILLION WORKERS SUFFER FROM SHORT OR LONG TERM ILLNESS FROM WORK-RELATED CAUSES. THE COST OF SUCH ACCIDENTS AND DISEASES IS ESTIMATED TO BE FOUR PER CENT OF THE WORLD’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. (ILO 2007)THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH IS TO MAINTAIN THE MAXIMUM DEGREE OF PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND MENTAL WELL-BEING OF WORKER. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IS WORKING TO ENSURE THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH FOR ALL. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH IS DEFINED AS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ACTIVITY WHICH AIMED FOR :

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NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

REGULATION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

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TRAINING

Mission

TOWARDS A HEALTHY NATION AND HEALTHY WORKERS THROUGH PROMOTION OF HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND WORKPLACE IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE BASIC OF HEALTH FOR ALL.

Vision

TO PROMOTE HEALTHY AND QUALITY OF LIFE BY PREVENTING AND CONTROLLING DISEASES, INJURIES AND DISABILITIES RELATED TO THE INTERACTION BETWEEN PEOPLE AND THEIR WORKING ENVIRONMENT.

Occupational Health injury statistics 2018
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Hand injury
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Occupational Health injury statistics 2018

Head enjey
Omani 77%
Work
Hand enjeries 50%
Work
Car accident 50%

Types of Occupational Health injury

An occupational injurys is bodily damage resulting from working. The most common organs involved are the spine, hands, the head, lungs, eyes, skeleton, and skin. Occupational injuries can result from exposure to occupational hazards (physical, chemical, biological, or psychosocial), such as temperature, noise, insect or animal bites, blood-borne pathogens, aerosols, hazardous chemicals, radiation, and occupational burnout . While many prevention methods are set in place, injuries may still occur due to poor ergonomics, manual handling of heavy loads, misuse or failure of equipment, exposure to general hazards, and inadequate safety training.

What is occupational health?

Occupational health is a specialist branch of medicine that focuses on the physical and mental wellbeing of employees in the workplace.

The aim of occupational health is to prevent work-related illness and injury by:

encouraging safe working practices;
ergonomics (studying how you work and how you could work better);
monitoring the health of the workforce;
supporting the management of sickness absence.

How is occupational health provided?

Occupational health provision will depend on the size of your organisation. It can be provided by a nurse with occupational health training and a part-time doctor, or through a range of specialists, including:

physiotherapists;
hygienists;
psychologists;
ergonomic experts;
occupational therapists;
specialist occupational health nurses and doctors.

Occupation Health Safety Management

My employer doesn’t have occupational health services

Many small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) do not have the size of workforce, or sufficient money, to sustain a dedicated occupational health service. For these reason, many SMEs use external occupational health providers as and when they need it to support their staff and carry out medicals and other occupational health assessments.

If you think you need occupational health services, you should always speak to your employer in the first instance to understand what services are available and how you can access them. Guidance on work-related health issues can be sought from Fit for Work .

Prevent Workplace Injuries

The best way to avoid these costs is by avoiding an injury. Follow these 10 tips to prevent an injury and protect your workforce.

  1. Incorporate a safety and wellness plan. The foundation for a safe work environment is an effective accident prevention and wellness program. The program needs to cover all levels of employee safety and health with the encouragement to report hazardous practices or behavior.
  2. Conduct pre-placement physicals. Some accidents are caused by inexperience and the inability to physically perform the position. 

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