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RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

J. Tamašauskaitė, S. Vainauskas. Kompiuterizuotos darbo vietos rizikos veiksnių identifikavimas, 2019. / J. Tamašauskaitė, S. Vainauskas. Identification of risk factors in computer workstation, 2019.

Methodical recommendations have been prepared in accordance with adaptation study of computer workstation checklist for Lithuanian enterprises. The original checklist was development by the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive practitioners’ experience in the office ergonomics.

Methodical recommendations have been prepared to use by employers, health and safety executive practitioners, occupational health specialists, who need to comply with the Health and Safety requirements. It can be used as an aid to risk assessment of risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders related to computer work.

For more information contact: Jūratė Tamašauskaitė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Research, phone no. +370 5 212 2589, e-mail: jurate.tamasauskaite@hi.lt.

L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas. Dirbančių asmenų, kuriems prieinamos profesinės sveikatos priežiūros paslaugos, dalies (procentais) rodiklio apskaičiavimas, 2019. / L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas. Calculation of the percentage of employed persons who have access to occupational health care services. Methodical recommendations, 2019.

Methodical recommendations have been prepared in the framework of the National Public Health Care Development Programme for the year 2016–2023. Their purpose of the recommendations is to ensure that the dynamics of the change in the percentage of employed persons who have access to occupational health services, i.e. services provided by occupational health care professionals, is monitored using a single indicator calculation methodology. Methodical recommendations are intended for specialists of state institutions planning to monitor the dynamics of the indicator.

For more information contact: Lolita Pilipavičienė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. +370 5 212 2589, e-mail: lolita.pilipaviciene@dmc.lt.

 

RECENT PROJECTS:

 

The accessibility of occupational health services in Lithuanian enterprises

Project implementation period:
2019

Objective.
To assess the extent of provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian enterprises and possibilities for its development. 

Tasks:
1. To assess theextent of provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian enterprises.
2. To analyze which occupational health services are provided in Lithuanian enterprises.
3. To analyze stakeholders' attitudes towards the possibilities for the development of the provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian micro- and small-sized enterprises.

Methodology. A survey of Lithuanian enterprises (n=600) will be carried out and the value of the indicator "The percentage of employed persons who have access to occupational health services" will be calculated. A survey of occupational health professionals working in Lithuanian enterprises will be carried out in order to find out which occupational health services they provide. A stakeholder roundtable will also be held to discuss the possibilities for the development of the provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian micro- and small-sized enterprises.

Expected results. The study will help to assess the extent of provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian enterprises. Proposals for the development of the provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian micro- and small-sized enterprises will be prepared.

For more information contact: Lolita Pilipavičienė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. +370 5 212 2589, e-mail: lolita.pilipaviciene@dmc.lt.

 

Adaptation study of computer workstation checklist for Lithuanian enterprises
 
Study implementation period: 2018–2019.
 
Introduction. The display screen equipment (DSE) workstation checklist can be used by employers who need to comply with the Health and Safety. It can be used as an aid to risk assessment of risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders related to computer work. Such a checklist must be valid and reliable. The original checklist was development by the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive practitioners’ expierence in the office ergonomics.

Aim of the study – to adapt a display screen equipment (DSE) workstation checklist to Lithuanian enterprises and to evaluate the content validity and reliability of the checklist.

Methodology. The display screen equipment (DSE) workstation checklist is composed of 33 items related to risk  factors in six areas, with 'yes'/'no' tick boxes: keyboards, mouse andtrackball, display screens, software, furniture and work environment. First of all, two independent translators translated a checklist to theLithuanian language. Differences between the translations were considered. A panel of 16 experts validated the display screen equipment (DSE) workstation checklist. The Content Validity Index (CVI) was calculated after receiving all correspondence regarding content validity for each item of the checklist. A total of 33 computer professionals participated in the inter-rater reliability study. 2 raters assessed the ergonomic practice of the computer professionals using the checklist. Observations were recorded independently and not discussed among the raters.

Results: Results from the panel of experts yielded 0.940 overall Content Validity Index. Inter-rater reliability ranged from moderate to perfect (kappa 0,615 – 1,000).

Conclusion: The display screen equipment (DSE) workstation checklist has strong content validity and moderate to perfect reliability between two independent raters.
 
For more information contact: Jūratė Tamašauskaitė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Research, phone no. + 370 5 212 2589, e-mail: jurate.tamasauskaite@hi.lt.
 

Competition “Health promoting workplace 2018“

The Occupational Health Centre of the Institute of Hygiene on a regular basis organises competitions „Health promoting workplace“. The topic of the announced competition is improving psychosocial environment of employees with the purpose to find out how much attention is given by companies to strengthening their employees mental health, what measures were taken in 2018, how the measures were assessed and how they affected the mental health of the employees and the overall psychosocial climate in the company. It is expected that the competition will encourage companies to share their experiences. Companies will share innovative ideas, which will improve the microclimate and psychosocial environment of employees. 

Public, business or non-governmental institutions or enterprises of various sizes registered in Lithuania are encouraged to participate in the competition by filling the application form. The applications are expected to be evaluated and the winners announced at the national scientific practical conference to be organised by the Institute of Hygiene in September 2019.

The accessibility of occupational health services in Lithuanian enterprises

Project implementation period: 2019

Objective. To assess the extent of provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian enterprises and possibilities for its development.

Tasks:

1. To assess the extent of provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian enterprises.
2. To analyze which occupational health services are provided in Lithuanian enterprises.
3. To analyze stakeholders' attitudes towards the possibilities for the development of the provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian micro- and small-sized enterprises.

Methodology. A survey of Lithuanian enterprises (n=600) will be carried out and the value of the indicator “The percentage of employed persons who have access to occupational health services” will be calculated. A survey of occupational health professionals working in Lithuanian enterprises will be carried out in order to find out which occupational health services they provide. A stakeholder roundtable will also be held to discuss the possibilities for the development of the provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian micro- and small-sized enterprises.

Expected results.The study will help to assess the extent of provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian enterprises. Proposalsfor the development of the provision of occupational health services in Lithuanian micro- and small-sized enterprises will be prepared.

For more information contact: Lolita Pilipavičienė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. +370 5 212 2589, e-mail: lolita.pilipaviciene@dmc.lt.