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RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

V. Ivleva. Lanksčių darbo sąlygų organizavimas Lietuvoje veikiančiose įmonėse ir organizacijose. Metodinės rekomendacijos, 2018. / V. Ivleva. Implementing flexible working arrangements in lithuanian companies and organisations. Methodical recommendations, 2018.

Flexible working arrangements may be considered as a contributing factor to the enhancement of employees' well-being and health. Potential advantages and disadvantages of flexible working as well as guidelines for proper implementation of such arrangements are presented.

Methodical recommendations prepared by the Institute of Hygiene are intended for managers and employers of  lithuanian companies and organizations, who are planning to implement flexible working arrangements.

Recommendations may be also useful for specialists, who are in charge of implementing health programs and organizing training courses in different companies and organizations.

For more information contact: Viktorija Ivleva, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail: viktorija.ivleva@hi.lt.

 

L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas. Mitybos ir fizinio aktyvumo žinių klausimyno taikymas sveikatai darbe stiprinti. Metodinės rekomendacijos, 2018. / L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas. Implementation of nutrition and physical activity knowledge questionnaire for occupational health promotionMethodical recommendations, 2018.

The specialists of the Institute of Hygiene have prepared the methodological recommendations “Implementation of nutrition and physical activity knowledge questionnaire for occupational health promotion, addressed to public health bureaus and other specialists seeking to strengthen health at workplaces.
 
Inappropriate eating habits and low physical activity are currently one of the most pressing issues that should be addressed immediately, as they very much influence on human health and quality of life. The workplace is the ideal place for improving the health of adults of working age: many people of this age, including vulnerable groups, can be educated and motivated at the workplace.
 
In order to change the current situation, it is first of all useful to find out what people of working age know about healthy eating and physical activity, and whether they understand their importance correctly.
 
The recommendations present a questionnaire prepared after interviewing all 46 public health bureaus of the Lithuanian municipalities. It consists of two parts - knowledge of nutrition and physical activity. It is expected that the application of this questionnaire will allow to reveal problem areas (knowledge gaps), to plan interventions more effectively, to attract participants of organised interventions and to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
 
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.

 

A. Abromavičiūtė. Pamaininis darbas ir sveikata. Informacinis leidinys, 2018. / A. Abromavičiūtė. Shift work and health. Informational publication, 2018.

According to research studies, shift work can have a negative impact on health and well-being in social, psychological and physical terms. Also shift workers are at greater risk of accidents. Proper shift work organisation, social support, a healthy lifestyle and its promotion are the important preventive measures that allow shift workers to work without major health problems.
 
The publication provides information on the impact of shift work and advice to employers and employees on the measures to be taken to ensure the health and well-being of shift workers.
 
For more information contact: Aneta Abromavičiūtė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Innovations, phone no. (370 5) 212 0861, e-mail: aneta.abromaviciute@hi.lt.
 

RECENT PROJECTS:

Joint Action Health Equity Europe, JAHEE

The Institute of Hygiene started participation in the European Union’s Health Programme (2014–2020), project Joint Action Health Equity Europe, JAHEE.

The project’s implementation period is 2018–2021.

The project’s coordinator – Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italy).

The project’s participants – 25 European countries, a total of 49 institutions. Lithuania is represented by the Institute of Hygiene.

General objective of the project:

The general objective of the Joint Action Health Equity Europe (JAHEE) is to contribute to achieve greater equity in health outcomes across all groups in society in all partici­pating countries and in Europe at large and to reduce the inter-country heterogeneity in tackling health inequalities. JAHEE will also include a specific focus on migrants and vulnerable groups.

For more information about the project please see the JAHEE Leaflet: https://jahee.iss.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/JAHEE11152018_leaflet.pdf

The Institute of Hygiene will participate in the following activities: WP1-WP4, WP5, WP9.

The project’s website: https://jahee.iss.it/

Contact: Raimonda Eičinaitė-Lingienė, Head of Project Execution Group, Head of Occupational Health Centre, Institute of Hygiene, tel. (+370 5) 212 1969, e-mail: raimonda.eicinaite@dmc.lt.
 

Creating a Safe Psychosocial Work Environment at Workplaces

In 2018 the Occupational Health Centre of the Institute of Hygiene, in cooperation with the Institute of Management and Psychology, implemented the project "Creating a Safe Psychosocial Work Environment at Workplaces".

During the implementation of the project, the following events were organised in 2018:
- 10 information days "Friendly from stress and its affecting factors working environment" in Vilnius, Šiauliai, Klaipėda, Telšiai, Priekule, Jurbarkas, Kėdainiai, Lazdijai, Skuodas, Ukmergė. Number of participants: 50.
3 one-day training sessions: in Birštonas, Vilnius, Palanga. Number of participants: 25.
1 final international seminar in Vilnius (including lecturers from EU and the Nordic countries). Number of participants: 100.

The purpose of the events was to draw attention to the employees working environment, disseminating information about actions and measures that would contribute to the development of a safe psychosocial working environment at workplaces.

The events‘ information stand and a symbol - the small wooden sailing ship "Direction: Healthy Workers" - on sails of which the information about a safe psychosocial working environment is presented during the events.
 
During the events the lecturers presented the recent research studies on psychosocial risk factors and their prevention at work, present the recommendations and the best practices on stress management. Much attention was paid to science and practice-based modern assessment instruments, burnout syndrome and its forms of management. The events also dealt with the emotional support and the enhancement of psychological resistance at work in order to balance physical, emotional, spiritual and mental harmony.
 
The events were intended for professionals working in the field of occupational health, occupational health specialists, representatives of enterprises / organisations (business enterprises, state institutions, trade unions, associations, non-governmental organisations, public health bureaus / public health centers, etc.).

An international seminar “Friendly to Worker, Safe from Stress and It Affecting Factors Working Environment” took place in December in Vilnius, as a final event of the project "Creating a Safe Psychosocial Work Environment at Workplaces".

Over 100 participants from companies, business leaders, organisations, occupational safety and health services, occupational safety and health committees, representatives from institutions and universities, dealing with the occupational safety and health matters, participated in the seminar.

Participants gained knowledge about psychosocial risk factors at work, work-related mental disorders, disease detection and prevention, and work-related stress management. Much attention has been paid to creating a mental health-friendly working environment and to promoting mental health and well-being at work.

Presentations were given by the foreign lecturers Prof. Dr. Lode Godderis, Leuven University, Belgium, Prof. Wilmar Schaufeli, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Dr. Dr. Manal Azzi, International Labour Organisation, as well as the professionals from the following Lithuanian institutions: Institute of Hygiene, Institute of Management and Psychology, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University and the other.

Networking for Health Promotion at Work

As a result of the Finnish project „Co-operation and competence network for promoting occupational health, safety and well-being at work“ (2015–2018) the Networking for Health Promotion at Work continues in Lithuania. Several Networking meetings were organised in 2018 and the relevant issues have been discussed.

The Networking for Health Promotion at Work is an informal activity coordinated by the Institute of Hygiene. The Networking administration group will be established which will also include external representatives of the networking participants.

The principle of the Networking operation is dissemination of good practice, raising the problems and finding solutions, thus improving knowledge. Emphasis was placed on the importance of the feedback, i.e. each networking member should be motivated not only to benefit but also to share the information with others, to participate in the Networking actively.

It was decided that further Networking meetings will be organised by the Institute of Hygiene in February, May, August and November, 2019.

For more detailed information about the Networking for Health Promotion at Work contact: tinklaveika@hi.lt.

 

RECENT SERIES OF 'SCIENTIFIC STUDIES‘:

Experiencing the welfare of employees’ returning from parental leave, combining work and private life. Scientific Works No. 35, Vilnius, 2018, p. 75

The data presented in the publication taken from the study based on the substantive theory provide an opportunity to better understand the peculiarities of reconciling work and private life of women who return from parental leave, their everyday picture and to identity related choices in order to reconcile different social roles.
The publication can be useful to raising small children and working women, employers and managers of enterprises and institutions, occupational health specialists, social workers and organisational psychologists, as well as politicians involved in the development of policies to promote gender equality and work-life balance.


   

The assessment of counselling interventions reducing employees’ cardiovascular risk factors, Scientific Studies No. 34, Vilnius, 2018, p. 86

It is important to identify and reduce risk factors in order to avoid cardiovascular diseases and their related consequences. The development of occupational health promotion programmes and the organisation of their implementation is one of the occupational health specialists’ functions.
The publication presents a study and scientific publications which aim to systematically review the evidence provided by foreign researchers on the effectiveness of counselling interventions reducing employees’ cardiovascular risk factors and assess the feasibility of such interventions in Lithuania.
The publication is intended for health policy-makers, occupational health specialists working in Lithuanian companies (institutions), Lithuanian municipal public health bureaus and the other professionals seeking to promote employees’ health, as well as the specialists who develop qualification improvement programmes for occupational health professionals.

Musicians’ ergonomic working environment factors and their links to musculoskeletal system disorders, Scientific Studies No. 32, Vilnius, 2018, p. 63

The publication presents a research and scientific publications aimed at evaluating the ergonomic factors of the musicians' work environment with musculoskeletal systemdisorders.
The publication is intended for musicians, music school and concert managers, musicians preparing teachers, family medicine doctors and occupational health physicians, occupational health specialists, occupational health and safety specialists.