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ENWHP Newsletter - October 2018
10 tips for dealing with alcohol and drugs at work
 During the European week for safety and health at work, the Catalan Agency for Public Health (ASPCAT) presented a guide on preventing alcohol and drug abuse at the workplace.
This guide is the result of the collaboration of ASPCAT with the Catalan Labour Department, and employees and employers’ associations. It’s based on the results of The European Workplace and Alcohol project (EWA) co-financed by the European Commission ran from 2011 to 2013. It’s also one of the tools developed by ASPCAT under the project “A la feina, alcohol I drogues 0,0” (At work, alcohol and drugs 0,0).
This guide points to the following actions to guarantee the success of an alcohol and drugs at work programme:
  1. Evaluate the health and organisation impacts of alcohol and drugs in the company.
  2. Assess employees’ needs and interests.
  3. Look for support and advice from external stakeholders.
  4. Build a specific protocol or policy.
  5. Inform all workers about risks related to alcohol and drugs and where to look for help.
  6. Promote healthy environments free from alcohol and drugs.
  7. Challenge stereotypes and prejudices.
  8. Assure early identification and intervention.
  9. Provide access to treatment.
  10. Evaluate impact and results at short and long term.
All these points are fully developed in the guide (in Catalan).
If you want more information about the project you can contact 
Return to work after cancer
A successful return-to-work (RTW) for cancer survivors is in everyone’s interest: the cancer survivor, the employer and society at large.

Each year, an estimated 3.2 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Europe. As treatments for cancer are improving, nearly half of people survive 10 years or more following diagnosis.

Following diagnosis and treatment, survivors have to face new challenges related to health, company culture and working conditions.

Fatigue, physical and cognitive problems, decreased mental and physical work ability are examples of the potential long-term effects of cancer or its treatment.
Unemployment is also a significant risk, even if research shows that most cancer survivors are able to stay at or return to work.

The type of work, organisational culture, and job discrimination, lack of support from employers, line managers and colleagues, and no work adjustments or accommodations are the main work related factors that impede a successful return to work.

These resources can help you to design or improve your RTW programme.
Burnout coded in ICD-11
Burnout appears for the first time in the International Classification System of Medical Diagnoses (ICD).

Under "Problems associated with employment or unemployment", burnout is defined as:

"a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.

It is characterized by three dimensions:
feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
reduced professional efficacy.
Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life".

The ICD-11 is to be passed in 2019 and enter into force in 2022.
PEROSH 5th Conference on Wellbeing at Work
PEROSH is a network of key national players in occupational safety and health from ministries, social partners or health and accident insurance schemes The aims of the network are to improve the quality of research undertaken in the area of OSH and to increasing the EU-wide dissemination of results.

This is the 5th conference organised by French National Research and Safety Institute (INRS) and organised by the PEROSH Wellbeing and Work Project Group.

The aims of this conference are to share state-of-the-art knowledge, best practices, and innovations, from very specific and specialised pieces of research to very pragmatic industrial practices, in order to provide a coherent research agenda on wellbeing at work.

INSST, the ENWHP Spanish contact office, is also a partner of PEROSH and a recent member of the Wellbeing and Work Project Group.
More information
The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) and the Finnish Zero Accident Forum are organizing
an International Conference under the Vision Zero campaing.
The ISSA “Vision Zero” is a transformational approach to prevention having as core values safety, health and well-being at all levels of work. This concept is flexible enought to be beneficial to any workplace, enterprise or industry in all regions of the world.
The main topics of the summit include: Rethinking Vision Zero, Human factors for promoting positive safety culture, Possibilities with new advancing technology and How to build up national and international Vision Zero networks.
IThis Summit gives to the attendants the opportunity to share and participate in discussions with people from different industries, and international experts and safety practitioners.
Conference website
Occupational Health: the Global Value and Evidence
This white paper discusses the value of Occupational Health (OH) from a global perspective and provides a synthesis of global evidence on the effectiveness of OH interventions and cost effectiveness. It demonstrates that Occupational Health services have a clear value: they improve the health of the working population; contribute to the prevention of work-related illnesses; prevent avoidable sickness absence through the provision of early interventions for those who develop a health condition; and increase the efficiency and productivity of organisations. They can also play a major part in protecting and revitalising the global economy.
The aim of this project was to investigate the effect of mental health training on managers' knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and behaviour towards employees with mental health problems, and its effect on employee sickness absence.
 Burnout in the workplace: A review of data and policy responses in the EU
Eurofound launched in September a new study reviewing some of the available data on burnout in Europe. The report looks at the extent of burnout experienced by workers in the EU. The report sets out to consider whether burnout is viewed as a medical or occupational disease; it examines the work determinants associated with burnout and looks at the effects of burnout, including psychosocial and physical work factors, work intensity and work organisation. It also reviews national strategies and policies, the involvement of the social partners in the current debate, as well as preventive actions currently in place.
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