1st National Forum on Health Promotion in Workplaces
Mongolian Government, MCA and WHO cooperatively organized Mongolian First National Forum on Health Promotion of workplaces. The United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable disease prevention and control in 2011 called on the private sector to “promote and create an enabling environment for healthy behaviours among workers, including by establishing tobacco-free workplaces and safe and healthy working environments through occupational safety and health measures, including, where appropriate, through good corporate practices, workplace wellness programmes and health insurance plans
WHO considers workplace health programmes as one of the best-buy options for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and for mental health. Such programmes can help achieving the WHO objective of reducing the avoidable deaths of NCDs and the burden of mental ill health and to protect and promote health at the workplace as stipulated in the Global Plan of Action on Workers’ health 2008-2017.
WHO also considers the workplace as a priority setting for occupational health protection and promotion. The workplace can have a very positive impact on the health and well-being of workers, their families, communities and society at large. WHO strongly feels there is a need to turn to practical solutions to amplify the impact at the workplace.
Thus, WHO proposed a healthy workplace model which a comprehensive way of thinking and acting to address work-related physical and psychosocial risks; promotion and support of healthy behaviours; and broader social and environmental determinants. This means that we are at the stage to move from labour approach to public health approach.