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  • [Psychological examinations in occupational health services: Legal regulations. Part II].

    Waszkowska, Małgorzata; Wężyk, Agata; Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (2018-12-18)
    This paper constitutes a continuation of the critical analysis of legal aspects of psychological examinations in some group of workers. In this part the appeal procedure, documentation, costs of examinations and supervision are discussed. The analysis has shown many deficiencies in regulations related to all aspects of psychological examinations. They arise from incoherence of legal regulations and the lack of regulations of some questions. This legal standing is restricted to occupational work and adversely affects the quality of supplied services. Therefore acts of law and regulations relevant to psychological examinations for the purpose of fitness-to-work certification need necessary adjustments. According to authors it is desirable to end the legal procedure amending the act of law on a profession of psychology and the self-government of psychologists, as well as to develop and implement executive regulations. Med Pr 2018;69(6):673-684. Artykuł kontynuuje krytyczną analizę prawnych aspektów badań psychologicznych różnych grup pracowników. W tej części omówiono kwestie dotyczące procedury odwoławczej, dokumentowania, kosztów oraz nadzoru nad badaniami. Obserwacje ukazały ich liczne niedoskonałości związane ze wszystkimi aspektami badań. Wynikają one z niespójności przepisów aktów prawnych oraz braku regulacji niektórych zagadnień. Taki stan prawny utrudnia psychologom prowadzenie czynności zawodowych i niekorzystnie wpływa na jakość wykonywanych świadczeń. Dlatego wprowadzenie zmian w ustawie i rozporządzeniach regulujących zagadnienia związane z wykonywaniem badań psychologicznych o zdolności do pracy jest konieczne. Pożądanym rozwiązaniem, zdaniem autorek, byłoby zakończenie prac nad ewentualnymi zmianami w ustawie o zawodzie psychologa i samorządzie psychologów oraz przygotowanie i wprowadzenie w życie odpowiednich aktów wykonawczych. Med. Pr. 2018;69(6):673–684.
  • [Evaluation of on-the-job noise exposure in the case of bartenders].

    Dudarewicz, Adam; Zaborowski, Kamil; Wolniakowska, Anna; Pawlaczyk-Łuszczyńska, Małgorzata; Śliwińska-Kowalska, Mariola; Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (2018-12-18)
    In places associated with the entertainment industry in which music is performed or played, sounds with high sound pressure levels may occur. Such exposure is a threat to both people spending their free time at concerts, in discos or pubs, as well as employees in these places. The aim of the research conducted in 2017 was to assess on-the-job noise exposure in the case of bartenders at various premises of the entertainment industry. The measurements included 15 entertainment venues in Łódź, out of which 3 were selected: a music club, disco and pub. The exposure measurements were taken together for 4 work stations for bartenders using individual dosimetry in accordance with the PN-EN ISO 9612: 2011 standard. A total of 64 measurements were carried out, which showed that the equivalent sound levels A at the bartenders' workplaces vary considerably depending on the type of premises and the day of the week and the range of 67.6-108.7 dB. The highest sound levels occurred during the weekend (Fridays and Saturdays). The determined daily noise exposure levels exceeded the threshold of preventive action (80 dB) in 95% of the analyzed cases. Exceeding the maximum permissible noise level (NDN = 85 dB) was found in 66% of cases. It has been found that on-the-job noise levels in the case of bartenders significantly exceed the acceptable values of exposure levels and pose a risk of hearing damage. Med Pr 2018;69(6):633-641.
  • Endometriosis - The challenge for occupational life of diagnosed women: A review of quantitative studies.

    Andysz, Aleksandra; Jacukowicz, Aleksandra; Merecz-Kot, Dorota; Najder, Anna; Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (2018-12-18)
    The aim of the article was to summarize the results offered in the research on occupational functioning of women with endometriosis. We followed PRISMA guidelines. Database search was done in November 2017 using EBSCO. In the review were included the articles clearly referring to the relationships between endometriosis and work or any aspect of work (e.g., work productivity, work ability, absenteeism). Eight papers were included in the final review. Seven studies were cross-sectional, 1 retrospective. The majority of researchers used standardized research measures, such as <i>Work Ability Index</i>, <i>Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire</i> or <i>Health Related Productivity Questionnaire</i>. Only in 2 studies the reference group was considered, one of them consisted of healthy women. The results clearly indicate that endometriosis is a disease that causes major disturbance in occupational functioning of the suffering women. In the future the researchers should search for individual and organizational correlates of the improvement of occupational functioning in this group of patients. The methodology of the existing studies has been evaluated and the methodological cues for future research has been given. Med Pr 2018;69(6):663-671. The aim of the article was to summarize the results offered in the research on occupational functioning of women with endometriosis. We followed PRISMA guidelines. Database search was done in November 2017 using EBSCO. In the review were included the articles clearly referring to the relationships between endometriosis and work or any aspect of work (e.g., work productivity, work ability, absenteeism). Eight papers were included in the final review. Seven studies were cross-sectional, 1 retrospective. The majority of researchers used standardized research measures, such as <i>Work Ability Index</i>, <i>Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire</i> or <i>Health Related Productivity Questionnaire</i>. Only in 2 studies the reference group was considered, one of them consisted of healthy women. The results clearly indicate that endometriosis is a disease that causes major disturbance in occupational functioning of the suffering women. In the future the researchers should search for individual and organizational correlates of the improvement of occupational functioning in this group of patients. The methodology of the existing studies has been evaluated and the methodological cues for future research has been given. Med Pr 2018;69(6):663–671.
  • Health promotion for the aging workforce in Poland.

    Magnavita, Nicola; Sakowski, Piotr; Capitanelli, Ilaria; La Milia, Daniele Ignazio; Moscato, Umberto; Poscia, Andrea; Ricciardi, Walter; Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (2018-12-20)
    The aging of the workforce is an issue that calls for concrete measures to promote the health of older workers. This study reports on the results of the European "ProHealth65+" research project interventions conducted in Poland in relation to workplace health promotion for older workers (WHPOW) and the institutions involved in these programs. A three-stage search of peer-reviewed and grey literature on the WHPOW in Poland. A total of 59 WHPOW programs were retrieved in Poland in the observation period (2000-2015). Most of these aimed at improving the Qualification and Training or at the Work Climate and attitudes toward older workers. The promotion, organization, and funding of these activities were carried out mainly by supra-national and governmental bodies, enterprises and employers, and educational and trainee institutions. Although there is great commitment to the medical surveillance of workers on the part of the Polish occupational health service, our search detected a relatively low number of the WHPOW initiatives. Greater efforts should be made to introduce strategies for addressing aging of the workforce. Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2018;31(6):753-761.
  • EURADOS 2016 INTERCOMPARISON EXERCISE OF EYE LENS DOSEMETERS.

    Clairand, I; Behrens, R; Brodecki, M; Carinou, E; Domienik-Andrzejewska, J; Ginjaume, M; Hupe, O; Roig, M; Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (2018-12-01)
    In the context of a new annual eye lens dose limit for occupational exposure equal to 20 mSv, European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS) organized an intercomparison dedicated to eye lens dosemeters, including photon and beta radiations. The objective was to complete the first intercomparison recently organized by EURADOS for photons and to update the overview of eye lens dosemeters available in Europe. The dosemeters provided by the 22 participants coming from 12 countries were all composed of thermoluminescent detectors. The dosemeters were irradiated with photon and beta fields defined in relevant standards. The results, provided by participants in terms of Hp(3), were compared to the reference delivered doses. Results are globally satisfactory for photons since 90% of the data are in accordance to the ISO 14146 standard requirements. The respective values for betas stress the fact that dosemeters designed for Hp(0.07) are not suitable to monitor the eye lens dose in case of betas.

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