I Latin American Forum "Healthy Companies"
Fátima Báñez affirms that the prevention of occupational risks has been and is a constant concern
From January to August there have been 310,967 accidents at work with leave, which is 18.7% less than in the same period of the previous year
Oct 24, 2012.- The Minister of Employment and Social Security, Fátima Báñez, said today that the prevention of occupational hazards in companies has been and is a constant concern at national, international and community level.
These statements were made by the minister at the I Latin American Forum on "Healthy Companies" which she chaired this morning at the European Institute of Health and Social Welfare.
For the head of Employment and Social Security, the road ahead is still long, but thanks to the effort made by public administrations, companies and workers, the number of accidents and illnesses arising in the workplace has been significantly reduced.
From January to August 2012 there have been 310,967 accidents at work with sick leave, which is 18.7% less than in the same period of the previous year. Of the total accidents, 270,572 occurred during the working day, representing a decrease of 20.1% compared to 2011. Accidents in itínere amounted to 40,395, which represents a smaller year-on-year decrease, specifically 7.2%.
Fátima Báñez has pointed out that unemployment can have harmful consequences for workers' health. Therefore, the measures implemented by companies to avoid layoffs, such as those of internal flexibility promoted by labor reform, can also be very beneficial for workers' health.
In this regard, he stressed that, to prevent the adjustment is made through layoffs, the reform gives powerful tools to employers and workers "to find alternative ways to layoff, making this always the last resort."
Likewise, the labor reform introduced a modification of the part-time contract, which has grown by 25% so far this year, which encourages its use by employers, favoring that workers can better reconcile employment and their family and personal life With the training.
On the other hand, Bañéz expressed his commitment to prolonging the working life of workers, as a way to improve their quality of life. This formula allows workers to choose, once the legal retirement age has been reached, to remain active for a longer time, making pension and work compatible.
Promote healthy businesses
During her speech, the minister considered it "of vital importance to promote the proliferation of healthy companies that, by promoting the personal and collective health of their workers, manage to improve their performance and work competitiveness."
For Fátima Báñez "occupational health must be understood in a broad sense, such as the promotion and maintenance of the highest possible level of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all jobs, through prevention, control of risks and health promotion ".
This philosophy coincides with the basic concept of healthy companies that care for health and prevent occupational risks associated with each job, especially considering the risks associated with emerging and prevalent diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, aging, musculoskeletal disorders or stress .
Finally, Báñez has highlighted that healthy companies train their workers, and especially prevention technicians on issues related to physical and mental health associated with each job.
In short, "promoting healthy business benefits both the individual – who works in a safe and healthy work environment – and the company, which achieves a reduction in turnover and absenteeism, thereby also improving business productivity. "he concluded.
The Forum precedes the XXII Ibero-American Summit, which will be held on November 16 and 17 in Cádiz, and is part of the Global Plan of Action on Workers' Health 2008-2017; in the Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work, adopted by the ILO and the ISSA, at the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health of 2008, and in the Spanish Strategy for Safety and Health at Work 2007-2012.