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Establishment and operation of workers’ health centers to promote health for vulnerable groups of workers

Establishment and operation of workers’ health centers to promote health for vulnerable groups of workers

Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency | Korea, Republic of
Establishment and operation of workers’ health centers to promote health for vulnerable groups of workers

The Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) has established 42 workers’ health centers nationwide to provide complimentary health services to workers in workplaces with less than 50 employees, who show higher prevalence of diseases based on health examinations and who work under poorer environments that are prone to exposure to more harmful factors.

The services provided by the centers consist of health consultations and examinations, work stress prevention and exercise prescriptions performed by professionals such as occupational and environmental medicine doctors, nurses, and clinical counsellors.

From 2015 to 2017, a total of 502,675 workers visited the centers for health consultations and examination. By tracking the health conditions of 31,951 workers who participated in the programs more than twice, we figured out that about 67 per cent (21,306) of workers demonstrated health improvements.

The centers play a significant role in promoting the health and welfare of the vulnerable (female, elderly, migrant workers) by helping them to use the centers without discrimination.

Workers’ health centers have contributed to improving workers’ health, given the stable financial support from KOSHA. The coverage of the center will steadily be expanded to include services for internal stability through outreach services, trauma counselling, etc.

Implementation year2019
Topics: Service quality, Extension of coverage
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