Health promotion in the workplace complements occupational safety and health measures as part of the combined efforts of employers, workers and national authorities to improve the health and well-being of men and women at work. Health promotion and well-being at work programmes focus on the promotion of health among all workers and their families through preventive and assistance programmes in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, HIV/AIDS, workplace stress, violence at work and the promotion of tobacco-free workplaces. In all these areas, the ILO's comparative advantage lies in its experience of using the social dialogue approach, which resulted in the implementation of successful workplace and community initiatives, with the involvement of employers, workers, governments, public services and NGOs, addressing these problems.
The NEW SOLVE: Integrating health promotion into OSH Policies
The ILO designed the new SOLVE training package
with the aim of integrating workplace health promotion into OSH policies. SOLVE focuses on the prevention of psychosocial risks and the promotion of health and well-being at work through policy design and action.
Work-related stress, alcohol and drugs abuse, violence (both physical and psychological) and HIV/AIDS all lead to health-related problems for the worker and lower productivity for the enterprise. Taken together they represent a major cause of accidents, fatal injuries, disease and absenteeism at work in both developed and developing countries. SOLVE focuses on their prevention providing tools for action at the enterprise level.
The new version addresses the following 12 subjects: Introduction to the method; managing workplace health promotion; work-related stress; alcohol and drugs at work; violence at work; HIV and AIDS at work; tobacco and workplace second-hand smoke; nutrition at work; physical activity for health; healthy sleep; economic stress and from concept to action. The ILO uses the social dialogue approach in applying SOLVE to promote the implementation of successful workplace and community initiatives, with the involvement of employers, workers, governments, public services and NGOs.
The training package includes a Participant's Workbook, a Trainer’s Guide, the Lesson Plans, and a CD-ROM with PowerPoint presentations and background material.