Other projects

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS:
 
1. The Finnish project „Co-operation and competence network for promoting occupational health, safety and well-being at work“ (2015–2018)

The aim of the project was to share the experience / to learn how to apply the networking principle to health and well-being of employees; also to discuss the challenges of employee’s health and well-being at different ages; and to seek for the solutions together taking into account the good Finnish experience. During the project, four events took place in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Subsequently, representatives of these countries presented their experiences and tailor-made measures at a joint meeting.

An introductory workshop-discussion "Health and well-being at work at all ages" was held in Vilnius in December, 2017. It was organised by the Institute of Hygiene in cooperation with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

The event brought together nearly 50 representatives from business and public enterprises and institutions, universities, and non-governmental organisations. The theoretical material on how to improve health and well-being of employees of all age groups, as well as networking and network operation principles were presented at the event. During the discussions the participants noted that one of the most important challenges faced by enterprises is the lack of a positive attitude of the employer towards different age employees and the creation of a better working environment and an individual approach to workers of different age. They also missed opportunities for lifelong learning.

The raised issues were further discussed in the next meetings arranged in spring 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, sigita.vicaite@hi.lt.

 

2. In 2015–2016 the Occupational Health Centre of the Institute of Hygiene participated in the implementation of the project "Innovative and dynamic methods for youth education on occupational health and promotion of healthy lifestyles“, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers' Nordplus Horizontal programme. The main partner of the procet was the NGO Lithuanian Healthy Lifestyle Association. The main purpose of the Project was to improve skills and competences of health specialists about occupational health and promotion of healthy lifestyles by using innovative, advanced and dynamic methods for youth education.

 
The idea of the project was to present the innovative and advanced training methods to be used by the health promotion specialists in education of young people in the Project partner countries. The project provided sharing the good practice between the partners. The recommendations about youth education methods on health promotion in occupational health were prepared as a result of the project.
 
For more detailed information about the said project contact: Raimonda Eičinaitė-Lingienė, raimonda.eicinaite@dmc.lt.
 
 
 
3. In 2015–2016 the Occupational Health Centre of the Institute of Hygiene implemented an adult education mobility project "Improvement of the quality of education of occupational health specialists“. The project was funded by the European Commission Erasmus + Programme.
 
Within the tasks of the project was participation of the specialists of the Occupational Health Centre in the training courses related to the field of their work. The specialists of the Occupational Health Centre participated in the training courses organised by the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health, NIVA in October, 2015 „Course on Age Management – Life Course Approach calls for Diversity Management“ and November 2015 „The economics of occupational safety and health – recent findings and hand on-calculation“. Two specialists of the Occupational Health Centre participated in the job-shadowing visits at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) in December 2015 and April 2016.
 
The participants of the project taking part in the training courses as well as the job-shadowing visits had the opportinity to discuss the measures to maintain optimal efficiency of employees in their different stages of life. The holistic "House of work efficiency" model, de-veloped by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health scientists, was analysed. The model works as an as-sessment tool for work - work ability index, efficiency of measures of work ability to the organisation as well as work efficiency determinants.
 
The employers face various challenges related to different age of em-ployees: in the various stages of life employees’ skills and knowledge varies, employees have different per-sonal commitments that have to be combined with work obligations, also there is a challenge to organise an efficient team work for employees of different ages. Subjectively perceived age may be different from chronological age of the person and this affects their health, morbidity, quality of life and ability to work.
 
The practical and theoretitical knowledge acquinted by the participants of the project was used in seminars organised by the Occupational Health Centre to other occupational health specialists working in enterprices and public health offices.
 
For more detailed information about the said project contact: Sigita Vičaitė, sigita.vicaite@hi.lt.