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Occupational Health and Safety Quality Assurance for Primary Health Care Unit (PCU)

Somkiat Siriruttanpruk (somkiatk@health.moph.go.th),
Director, Bureau of Occupational and Environmental Diseases,
Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

The objective of this project is to develop guidelines for OHS quality assurance for primary healthcare unit, as well as improve the quality of OHS services at primary healthcare level. The target group are health officers, occupational health professional, policy makers, the informal sector, and the Thai National Health Security Office.

At this point, at least 2,069 PCUs from 41 provinces throughout the country reported to provide OH services for farmers under the project, “Healthy farmers; Safety consumers”. Also 873 hospitals are registered to be assessed for OHS quality assurance of OH services for healthcare workers, but only 804 (92%) passed the assessment. 152 (19%) achieved the highest level of the assessment. Lastly, 60 OH service centres adopted the use of characteristic indicators for good OH services.

Other major outcomes which are expected for 2012 are a standard guideline for BOHS activities in PCUs, a guideline for OHS quality assurance of OH services for healthcare workers in PCUs, and a guideline for characteristic indicators for good OH services in PCUs.

The positive impact of this project is that most hospitals under the Ministry of Public Health are interested in joining the program for OHS quality assurance of OH services for healthcare workers. In that context, several PCUs integrate BOHS into their health service activities and policy makers under the Ministry of Public Health establish national policy of BOHS provision for workers in informal economy at PCUs. The Workmen’s Compensation Fund supports the OH service centers with good quality care.

In addition, the guideline for OHS quality assurance of OH services for healthcare workers has been applied nationally. The guideline for characteristic indicators for good OH services has been accepted by the Bureau of the Workmen’s Compensation Fund. Most of all, this project contributed to national agenda for the national health assembly in 2011, and led to the establishment of OH quality assurance center.

This project is funded through the International Labour Organization and Thai Governmental budget.

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