Aging Ebook: CIIP Silver Book on Aging and Work
Italy, like many other European countries, is experiencing a rapid aging of its workforce. Such phenomenon is due to demographic and economic factors as well as to the increase in retirement age. The partial replacement of retiring workers by younger ones cause two main problems: on the one hand, employers ignore which tasks to assign to aged workers; on the other hand, the workload of younger workers increase significantly.
CIIP, i.e. the Italian Inter-Associative Prevention Council, involves professional and scientific societies whose members are either public or private occupational physicians, ergonomists or professionals in the field of occupational and environmental safety and health. These societies, according to their different functions and peculiarities, deal with ergonomic issues and approaches such as work organization, biomechanics, toxicology, also focusing on the relation between human beings, machines and the environment. CIIP set up a working group on the issue of “Aging and work” with the aim of analyzing the topic and proposing management methods for aging in workplace.
We published a free E-book, available online, including a general part and a more specific one devoted to work in the healthcare sector.
The CIIP Group actively promotes public meetings on the aging topic in the Italian territory.
We provided physio-pathological information about aging in the workplace, taking into account the multiple approach defined by Illmarinen J and Others and highlighting resources and critical aspects of contemporary Italian contexts. Inspired by an interesting proposal and checklist by French INRS and by local researches and professionals of Clinica del Lavoro in Milan, the Group proposes risk assessment methods considering employees’ age together with their physical, mental and organizational ergonomic tasks.
However, the Group underlines that workplace health promotion is necessary but not sufficient if a specific prevention plan to reduce risks is not implemented. It is therefore necessary to update the actual welfare support, allowing gradual retirement.
KeywordsWork Aging Ageing Occupational health Ergonomics Healthcare
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