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Infectious Disease Control and occupational Health : Final report 2009-2010

Infectieziektebestrijding en werknemersgezondheid : Eindrapportage 2009-2010


Since 2006 employees are a focus group in the project 'Infectious disease control and occupational health' by order of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) and carried out by the Center for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention (CIb) from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The aim of this project is to improve occupational health and, as a result, public health in general. The following measures stem from this project. An occupational health professional was assigned to the national outbreak management team (OMT) during the swine flu pandemic and the Q-fever outbreak. This occupational health professional ensured that working conditions were included in the recommendations to the government. Also, an occupational health management team (AMT) was set up to appoint and coach the professional that participates in the OMT meetings. Arbo-Inf@ct, a communication platform, was set up to provide occupational health professionals with the latest information relating to the outbreaks of swine flu and Q fever. The CIb infectious disease control protocols were extended with paragraphs on occupational health aspects. In the CIb's weekly early warning and response meeting, specific attention to the interests of employees was promoted. The aim of this meeting is to recognize potential threats to the public health at an early stage and to inform the government when needed. Subjects related to occupational health are now represented in the RIVM health education tools intended for Public Health Services (GGD), professionals and others who are involved in public health information. Finally, occupational health-related questions were added to the questionnaire of the Osiris infectious diseases registration system.

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