Health of workers and Work place health issues are a significant challenge for a developing country like India. Presently, a certain number of notifiable diseases are reported under the Factories Act. Many workplaces and unorganized workers are covered under the ESI benefit scheme and take treatment in the ESI medical Institutions. There is scope for improving the data on occupational health for planning specific public health interventions.
A real time monitoring of workers health problems to provide leads on work place issues like exposures at workplace or any outbreaks or epidemics is necessary at the level of the ESI medical institution, district level , state level Dept. of Public health. This common monitoring platform can also provide data on workers who availed sickness benefit, disability benefits and provide data on notifiable diseases. The common software platform will be help in identifying priority areas for research in occupational health and identify research questions.
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