Adapting to changes
During the economic crisis we faced additional challenges, including a greater workload for employees, lack of free time, stress and sometimes "presenteeism" (the non-utilisation of sick leave in the event of illness). Fast technological changes such as automation, robotisation and digitalisation, which have a great impact on work organisation, working time, skills needed for work, working conditions and social dialogue, are also bringing radical changes to the working environment. Changed and often stricter working conditions require a new reflection and different approaches to ensuring health and safety at work. One of the tasks in this context is therefore to evaluate the current practice of occupational, traffic and sports medicine and its financing and position in the healthcare system, and to adopt appropriate adjustments on the basis of this evaluation.
The priorities defined in the Resolution on the National Programme of Health and Safety at Work 2018–2027 are to reduce the number of accidents at work, ensure the safe use of hazardous chemical substances in work processes, replace hazardous chemicals with less hazardous ones and ensure the quality performance of tasks related to health at work.
Due to the exceptional complexity and interdisciplinarity of health and safety at work, it is necessary to constantly provide for the highest possible level of professional knowledge and skills of expert workers. The aim is for them to become ambassadors and promoters of the culture of prevention in the working environment.