Occupations involving the protection of life and health
The choice of subjects for these stamps was the desire to present occupations or groups of occupations that are frequently overlooked from the point of view of occupational health and safety and to which too little attention is paid when it comes to introducing preventive measures. Not only that, but these are occupations which the coronavirus pandemic has additionally exposed to negative circumstances, either by exacerbating the economic vulnerability of workers as a result of precarious forms of employment or limitations on their opportunity to work (in the case of music and the performing arts as a result of the ban on large gatherings), or because it placed additional burdens on workers through the introduction of new forms of work (e.g. online teaching, working from home, the use of new technologies) or particular requirements relating to the treatment and care of the sick and the supply of protective equipment.
Occupations involving heavy manual outdoor labour (e.g. construction workers, road builders, forestry workers) are overlooked from the point of view of injuries, exposure to harmful chemical substances, adverse weather conditions and precarious forms of work.
Occupations in music and the performing arts (e.g. musicians, actors, dancers) are overlooked from the point of view of psychosocial risks (e.g. harassment and violence in the workplace, a competitive environment), the use of psychoactive substances, irregular hours, injuries at work, precarious forms of work and limited mobility to other occupations.
Occupations involving the protection of life and health (e.g. medical personnel, healthcare and social care workers, civil protection personnel) are overlooked from the point of view of special working conditions and the need to adapt rapidly in the sense of organisation of work and willingness to take on additional burdens, particularly in the event of health crises.
Occupations in education are overlooked from the point of view of the psychosocial risks deriving from the difficulty of achieving a balance between prescribed standards and norms and the expectations of students and parents. Additional difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic were caused by online teaching, the introduction of new teaching methods and the use of new technologies.
Drivers of goods and passenger vehicles and delivery drivers/riders are overlooked from the point of view of road safety and dependence on other road users, overcoming objective obstacles en route (e.g. restrictions on border crossings, roadworks), time pressures and, in the case of passenger transport, responsibility for the safety of others.
Metoda Dodič Fikfak,
head of the Clinical Institute of Occupational, Traffic and Sports Medicine
Tanja Urdih Lazar, director of the Centre for the Promotion of Health