News and activities

Recent work fields of the Occupational Health Centre:

The Conference "Innovations for the progressive development of public health"

On the 8th of June, 2018 on the occasion of the 210th Anniversary of the Institute of Hygiene – the conference "Innovations for the progressive development of public health" has been organised.

The purpose of the conference was to introduce the most significant innovations of the Institute of Hygiene over the last ten years. A lot of attention was paid to the possibilities for their implementation. The event took place in Vilnius. Among the significant guests was the Minister of Health of Lithuania, who, as well as the Director of the Institute of Hygiene made the introductory speech. It was followed by the presentations on changes in Lithuania's public health, the development of the Institute of Hygiene, the challenges of today's public health care and the most significant innovations. The presentations were made by the heads of the departments of the Hygiene Institute.
 

PROJECTS NEWS

1. RETURNING TO WORK AFTER CANCER: SUBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE OF EMPLOYEES

Project implementation period: 2018–2019

Objective of the research: to disclose employees’ experiences of returning to work after cancer

Tasks:

1. To analyze and to describe the study participants’ experiences of returning to work after cancer.

2. To analyze factors, that enhance and hinder the return to work of cancer survivors.

Study methodology: qualitative research, based on Braun & Clarke’s methodology for thematic analysis. Semi-structured form of the interview will be used in this research. Interview questions will be presented based on interview plan and the list of questions compiled by research authors.

Demographic data will be addressed as well.

Based on the results of the research, methodological recommendations for employers and human resource specialists on organizing supportive return to work programs will be prepared.

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

 

2. 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 Lithuanianenterprises and to evaluate the content validity and reliability of a checklist.

Methodology. It lists risk factors in six areas, with 'yes'/'no' tick boxes: keyboards, mouse and trackball, display screens, software, furniture and work environment. It lists issues to consider and gives space to record planned action. Two independent translators will translate a checklist to the Lithuanian language. Differences between the translations will be considered. An expert panel will evaluate the content validity of the checklist. A final version of the adapted checklist will be obtained. An individual evaluation of the participant (n 30) performing the usual work (computer workstation) will be undertaken by two independent experts.

Expected results. As a results of this study, the display screen equipment (DSE) workstation checklist will be adapted and made available for use for Lithuanian enterprises to identificate ergonomic risk factors at work place. The checklist will be presented at various training sessions, workshops and conferences.

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.

  

3. IMPACT OF FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS ON PSYCHOLOGICAL CAPITAL AND WORK SATISFACTION

Project implementation period: 2017–2018

Aim of the research: to evaluate interrelationships between flexible work arrangements, psychological capital, work satisfaction and social support at work.

Tasks:

1. Assess impact of flexible work arrangements on psychological capital and work satisfaction.

2. Estimate impact of flexible work arrangements on psychological capital and work satisfaction controlling for demographic variables.

3. Evaluate impact of flexible work arrangements on psychological capital and work satisfaction with regard to social support and work autonomy.

Study methodology: 429 employees participated in the online survey study. The questionnaire consisted of questions on work-time and place flexibility, work autonomy (Morgeson et. al. The Work Design Questionnaire), social support at work (HSE Work-related Stress Indicator Tool), psychological capital (Luthans et al. Psychological Capital Questionnaire measuring self-efficacy, resilience, hope and optimism), work satisfaction (Weiss et. al. Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire) and demographic information.

Results

Autonomy and work-time flexibility is positively related to psychological capital and work satisfaction. The psychological capital and work satisfaction is best predicted by work autonomy, following work-time flexibility. Teleworking predicts only 3 domains of psychological capital: self-efficacy, hope and optimism. Autonomy meditates relationship between work-time flexibility and psychological capital or work satisfaction. Managers’ support moderates relationship between flexible time and self-efficacy at work.

Contact: Vilija Kuodytė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail vilija.kuodyte@hi.lt.

 

4. PREPARING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONNAIRE CONSIDERING THE NEEDS OF LITHUANIAN PUBLIC HEALTH BUREAUS

Responsible executor: Lolita Pilipavičienė

Project execution period: 2017–2018

Tasks:

1. To determine what particular kind of healthy lifestyle knowledge questionnaire would be most useful for Lithuanian public health bureaus professionals in their work of promoting occupational health in Lithuanian enterprises.

2. To prepare such kind of healthy lifestyle knowledge questionnaire adapting it for use in Lithuania.

Methodology. A survey of all public health bureaus operating in Lithuania (n = 46) was conducted using a short questionnaire prepared by the researchers. The purpose of the survey was to find out what particular kind of lifestyle knowledge questionnaire would be most useful for Lithuanian public health bureaus professionals. A search of this kind of questionnaire developed by foreign authors, translation into Lithuanian, and adaptation for use in Lithuania by ensuring content and face validity were conducted.. The study population in order to ensure content validity were experts in particular healthy lifestyle fields (n = 14). The research population in order to ensure face validity were Lithuanian adult workers except for workers in public health and analogical fields (n = 52).

Results. As a result of this study, nutrition (20 items) and physical activity (8 items) knowledge questionnaire was prepared. It will be made available for free use by Lithuanian public health bureaus professionals in their work of promoting occupational health. The questionnaire will be presented at various training sessions and conferences.

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.

 

5. THE FINNISH PROJECT “CO-OPERATION AND COMPETENCE NETWORK FOR PROMOTING OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING AT WORK“

Project implementation period: 2015–2018

In June, 2018 in Helsinki (Finland), the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (FIOH) organised the final event of the project „Co-operation and competence network for promoting occupational health, safety and well-being at work“. The aim of the event was to review and evaluate the activities and the results achieved by the project.

The participants of the event discussed what strategic and practical steps each country should be taking in order to develop occupational health and safety networks and how it would be possible to continue cooperation in order to develop such networks at national and international level.

The discussions in the Lithuanian group emphasized the importance of not losing relations with the participants of the project and continue the network development in Lithuania. It was suggested to initiate a Network for Health Promotion at Work and look for funding possibilities.

For more detailed information about the said project results contact: Sigita Vičaitė, e-mail sigita.vicaite@hi.lt.

 

Other activities of the Occupational Health Centre:

Winners of the competition “Health promoting enterprise 2016“ awarded at the international conference in Vilnius, 17 November 2016