The Relevance of Social Work Professionals in the Promotion of Occupational Health and Safety among Healthcare Workers

Authors

  • Sumita Kumari
  • Suraj
  • Amrit Kaur

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i3.16074

Keywords:

Occupational Health, Prevention, Risk, Safety, and Social work practice

Abstract

Background: In the global era, occupational health and safety (OHS) is becoming a major concern. In
the domain of health, healthcare workers are at the risk of occupational exposure due to their working
pattern. Aim: To investigate the relevance of social work professionals in the promotion of OHS. Design:
Exploratory research design. Method: 34 medical social workers and counsellors of GMCH-32 and PGIMER,
Chandigarh were interviewed. The mean and percentage were used for the analysis. Findings:-About 76.5%
respondents considered physical, biological and social aspects of workers’ wellbeing in the context of OHS.
41.2% respondents were suffered from occupational exposure. 85.3% respondents recognized the role of
social work professionals in the promotion of OHS. Conclusion: The role of the professional social worker
can be proved significantly with the use of professional skills and techniques. There is a need of training and
awareness among professionals for the promotion of OHS.

Author Biographies

Sumita Kumari

Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology, Panjab University, Sector-14, Chandigarh

Suraj

Medical Social Worker ICMR Project

Amrit Kaur


Senior Research Fellow ICMR-Project, Department of Radiation Oncology, Government Medical
College and Hospital, Sector-32, Chandigarh

Published

2021-06-03

How to Cite

Sumita Kumari, Suraj, & Amrit Kaur. (2021). The Relevance of Social Work Professionals in the Promotion of Occupational Health and Safety among Healthcare Workers. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 12(3), 247-256. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i3.16074