Risk assessment process at an administrative services company, well-organized in terms of OHS

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Abstract

This article presents the main findings of a risk assessment process at an administrative services company, well organized in terms of occupational safety and health (OSH). The application of a preliminary diagnosis questionnaire - Well-Being, Health and Occupational Safety Perception and the application of the Checklist to the Identification of Hazards and Dominant Health Problems, guided occupational the risk assessment process to less obvious health hazards, but with a high potential to cause discomfort symptoms and even work-related diseases and psychosomatic occupational aggravated diseases. The checklist is oriented to the identification of potential occupational hazards, codified and classified into groups and subgroups. To each hazard, the checklist defines dominant health problems that may occur (injuries from accidents, occupational diseases, work-related or occupational aggravated diseases and discomfort symptoms). The questionnaire was constructed to assess employee's perception of physical, environmental and psychological working conditions, physical discomfort symptoms and diseases related symptoms and signs. Analyzing the answers to the questionnaire, the specific hazards to this workplace are essentially from the psychosocial, ergonomics and in the work environment group. Social and individual aspects surrounding the professional activity of employees, such as the eating habits, the route between home and work (travelling time, distance), the family environment, lifestyle such as the sedentary lifestyle and the eventual lack of activity, can promote conditions affecting the general health of employees. In fact, the identification of occupational hazards to work related diseases (eventually psychosomatic diseases) and occupational discomfort requires the collaboration between occupational technicians and occupational health oriented professionals, in order to identify intervention priorities and methodologies. The identification by the occupational physician of symptoms, signs and pathologies effectively related to the occupational environment and those eventually related to the social or familiar environment is determinant in the definition of occupational measures.
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Title of host publicationProceedings from International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene SHO2012
Pages80-86
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
EventInternational Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene SHO2012 -
Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …

Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene SHO2012
Period1/01/12 → …

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