Through the years, we have made great efforts in improving the work health and safety. There are more and better work tools available and caregivers are continuously educated in moving, and handling. Yet the healthcare sector is still one of the sectors where most occupational injuries happen.
Occupational injuries are a double-edged sword. It affects the person who experience the injury both physically, psychologically and socially. It can also have economic consequences as the situation sometimes leads to redundancy or perhaps even an early retirement. An occupational injury can have very severe consequences.
But it can also affect society in a wider sense. Annually sick leave will cost the society a lot of money. This also includes absenteeism caused by an occupational injury. Every year society pays large amounts of money as compensation. Occupational injuries leads to treatments in an already pressed healthcare system. Further, if the injury results in an early retirement, the labor market has lost an actively working member.
" Occupational injuries are a double-edged sword. It affects the individual as well as the whole society. "
Due to the demographic changes, the healthcare sector will experience even more pressure and stress in the future. That is why it is important that work health and safety in the health care sector is good and safe. Many people think that a good work environment only is a cost. However, it is not! It is an investment in the future and in many cases, it actually helps improve procedures and processes. By continuing to focus on work health and safety, the care sector can improve and evolve to continuing being an attractive work place, which also meets the challenges of the future.
Vendlet wants to keep focus on the physical aspects of work health and safety especially related to the care of the bedridden. One way we do this is by a series of articles and by participating at conferences as speakers and lecturers.
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