News

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

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:

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.