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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 108-113

Integrated healthy workplace model: An experience from North Indian industry

1 School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of PSM, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India
3 Department of PMR, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
4 Department of Mass Communication, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India
5 Department of Cardiology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Jarnail Singh Thakur
School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
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Source of Support: Government of India- WHO India collaborative programme 2007-08, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.111750

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Background: Keeping in view of rapid industrialization and growing Indian economy, there has been a substantial increase in the workforce in India. Currently there is no organized workplace model for promoting health of industrial workers in India. Objective: To develop and implement a healthy workplace model in three industrial settings of North India. Materials and Methods: An operations research was conducted for 12 months in purposively selected three industries of Chandigarh. In phase I, a multi-stakeholder workshop was conducted to finalize the components and tools for the healthy workplace model. NCD risk factors were assessed in 947 employees in these three industries. In phase II, the healthy workplace model was implemented on pilot basis for a period of 12 months in these three industries to finalize the model. Findings: Healthy workplace committee with involvement of representatives of management, labor union and research organization was formed in three industries. Various tools like comprehensive and rapid healthy workplace assessment forms, NCD work-lite format for risk factors surveillance and monitoring and evaluation format were developed. The prevalence of tobacco use, ever alcoholics was found to be 17.8% and 47%, respectively. Around one-third (28%) of employees complained of back pain in the past 12 months. Healthy workplace model with focus on three key components (physical environment, psychosocial work environment, and promoting healthy habits) was developed, implemented on pilot basis, and finalized based on experience in participating industries. A stepwise approach for model with a core, expanded, and optional components were also suggested. An accreditation system is also required for promoting healthy workplace program. Conclusion: Integrated healthy workplace model is feasible, could be implemented in industrial setting in northern India and needs to be pilot tested in other parts of the country.


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