Occupational health

National plans

Occupational health is a complex area with different stakeholders, interests, and with a specific need for coordination. In order to improve health and safety for workers in different enterprises and levels, including those in the informal economy, it is important that governments develop and implement sound national occupational health action plans.

Those plans need to be negotiated with different stakeholders, including health and labour sector, plus workers and employers. An appropriate budget should be allocated to implement the action plan. Areas that have to be included in the national action plans are the development of human resources, the access to basic (preventive) occupational health services for all workers, and the availability of tools and information to make a difference at the workplace level.