Background: there is a lack of field studies aimed at reducing occupational injuries (01), particularly in foundries. Objectives: to evaluate effectiveness of multidisdplinary intervention in foundries. Methods: the study was carried out in two foundries (cast-iron=A, non-ferrous=B). Since 1999-2000, a multidisdplinary intervention was developed, by a team managed by the occupational physician, including safety personnel and workers' representatives. Interventions regarded maintenance, protective equipment, procedures, training, health surveillance (US), fitness for work, first aid. The desired outcome was a reduction in injury rates. Results: In foundries A andB, respectively 522 and 90 01 occurred in 1997-2007, accounting for 10,500 and 2,300 lost workdays. Statistical analysis showed a significant decrease in incidence and frequency in both foundries. HS allowed for human factor and fitness for work evaluation, return-to-work management. Safety culture, behaviour and procedures positively changed. Conclusions: the study was effective in reducing 01 rates and improving a number of secondary outcomes. The same intervention, taking into account Evidence Based Prevention, is ongoing in about 50 foundries.
|Titolo:||Prevenzione degli infortuni sul lavoro nelle fonderie: Intervento multidisciplinare e verifica di efficacia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Tipologia:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|