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28th International Congress on Occupational Health - ICOH 2006
11. - 16. Juni 2006


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At present, the occupational health community must tackle new problems the solution of which requires new research, new methods and new practices. Changes in the world economy, the process of globalization, new technologies, different types of employment and work contracts constantly affect health and safety at work. Small and medium-sized enterprises and the self employed do not often have the necessary financial and technical resources to adequately assess risks and ensure appropriate protection. Developing countries and countries in transition lack access to those services that would be required to assess and control occupational hazards. Against this background, and given the current scenario, for its 2006 Centennial Congress the ICOH coined the motto "Renewing a century of commitment to a healthy, safe, and productive working life", thereby emphasising its dedication to responding to the new century's challenges.

At the ICOH 2006 KOHS presents the following contribution:

On-the-job learning of participative prevention using visualisation techniques
R. Kauer, H. Kviecien, H. Novak

Workplace hazards are visualised by means of structured interventions using the PIMEX (PIcture-Mix-EXposure) method. A work sequence is filmed by a video camera and simultaneously, information about occurring hazards as well as medical data are recorded. PIMEX enables analyses of working processes and assessment of risks, resulting in a package of measures for the purpose of workplace improvement. A priority objective is to impart knowledge about interrelations between occupational strains, exposures and their consequences by directly involving workers in the process of knowledge development. Based on the results from PIMEX observations - including interpretations of measuring data, derived knowledge, and experiences - intensive workplace training and instruction can take place. We act on the assumption that change processes in an organisation can be optimised in a combination with workplace health promotion strategies, particularly in the course of developing novel workplaces and working processes. The discussed steps are intended to lead to the implementation of a learning and knowledge space in the organisation regarding health and safety issues and support a lifelong learning process. By its ability to reveal the association between activity and exposure, PIMEX proves to be an effective tool for measurement of dust exposure in the car repair sector, exposure to cooling lubricant mist, styrene at polyester workplaces, methyl methacrylate (MMA) in the construction sector, and flour dust in bakeries; as well as ergonomic parameters such as thermal radiation in the paper industry, lighting and climate factors such as temperature, air flow, and humidity. The degree of participation during PIMEX interventions varied depending on the complexity of exposure composition and other situational factors. Generally, by adopting visualisation techniques such as PIMEX for reducing or eliminating hazards in workplaces, workers turned out to be better motivated and engaged to take part in the seeking of solutions.

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Adresse: Milan, Italy, Fiera Milano Congressi Center - Via Gattamelata 2>
Organisator: International Commission on Occupational Health



Autor: Rene Kauer; Copyright: KOHS; Publiziert von: Rene Kauer (Kauer_Rene)
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