A new electronic distance learning tool on risk assessment and risk management was today officially launched by Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute on the occasion of a visit to the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for South-East Asia in New Delhi.
One of WHO's function which is enshrined in its Constitution (art.2.i.), is to promote the improvement of working conditions. In this regard the World Health Assembly endorsed the WHO Global Plan of Action on Workers' Health (GPA) (2008-2017) in 2007 which is a follow up of the WHO Global Strategy on Occupational Health for All endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 1996.
Overview of occupational health
Occupational health deals with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace and has a strong focus on primary prevention of hazards. The health of the workers has several determinants, including risk factors at the workplace leading to cancers, accidents, musculoskeletal diseases, respiratory diseases, hearing loss, circulatory diseases, stress related disorders and communicable diseases and others.
Employment and working conditions in the formal or informal economy embrace other important determinants, including, working hours, salary, workplace policies concerning maternity leave, health promotion and protection provisions, etc.