Repository for Basic Occupational Health Services



The repository is an online bibliographic database referring to publications on Basic Occupational Health Services (BOHS) and similar activities in primary or community health care. The authors are Suvarna Moti, Consultant Public Health Specialist and member of the Indian Association of Occupational Health (IAOH), and Frank van Dijk, staff of the Learning and Developing Occupational Health Foundation (LDOH).

The collection offers for each of the 189 publications included in the database, bibliographic data, a short description of the content, and a link to the publication. The publications are scientific articles, reports, key international policy documents, and opinion papers dealing with BOHS and similar initiatives.

A free available scientific article on the development and content of the repository has been published in March 2023: Link to article

The motivation to develop this database stems from the knowledge that a large majority of workers in the world, often working in hazardous working conditions causing accidents and serious diseases, do not have access to forms of occupational health services. Such services can be available in various forms: in a more elementary, an expert-based, or hospital-based form. The elementary form regards especially informal workers, workers in agriculture or in small industrial enterprises, and self-employed.

So-called Basic Occupational Health Services (BOHS) are essential healthcare activities integrated into primary or community healthcare. This form of health care is focused on workers’ health issues such as the prevention of work-related and occupational diseases and injuries, and support of workers disabled by disease or handicap.

The aim of this repository is to support the development and evaluation of BOHS and similar activities in the world.

In our online bookshop, you can find the complete Repository (75 pages, also including short content descriptions) and the concise overview of the Repository (11 pages): Link to online bookshop.