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Establishing a culture of prevention | 49547

Primary Health Care: Open Access

ISSN - 2167-1079

Establishing a culture of prevention

4th Annual Congress & Medicare Expo on PRIMARY HEALTHCARE AND NURSING

August 21-22, 2017 San Francisco, USA

Walter Eichendorf

DGUV, Germany

Keynote: Prim Health Care

Abstract :

As digitalization continues, work forms and locations will change. Promoting a culture of prevention in companies and organizations can encourage greater self-responsibility for one├ó┬?┬?s own safety and health at work, as well as support the leadership and motivation of employees. Raising awareness of safety and health as important values for all people, all organizations and for society as well as integrating safety and health into how we think and act will become crucial. Safety and health must become the benchmark for all our actions. If safety and health become a mandatory established as values in every school pupil, student, employee, employer and manager they can act as a benchmark for all their actions. Individuals would be empowered to automatically make those values an important factor in all their thoughts and actions. At that point safety and health could be seen to represent values that are both actively lived and perform a beacon function. This would represent the completion of a significant process of cultural change. Therefore the DGUV has decided to start a ten-years-campaign to promote the culture of prevention in Germany which will be launched on October 18, 2017. The target groups will range from young children to elderly people. The evolution of a culture in which safety and health are firmly established as integral, lived values requires companies and institutions to adopt a holistic approach spread across six fields of action. The six fields of action are leadership, communication, participation, error culture, social climate/organizational climate and prevention which are as an integral part of all tasks. The latter field has a special role to play as it is ideally to influence all other fields of action. The conceptual concept will be presented as well as the communication structure of the campaign.

Biography :

Walter Eichendorf has studied Physics and Mathematics. He was the Head of Statistical Department from 1983, Director of Public Relations from 1989, Deputy Director General since 1998. Since 2007, he is Deputy Director General of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and Director of DGUV’s prevention division. In addition, he is President of the German Road Safety Council (DVR). In the International Social Security Association (ISSA) he is Vice President of both the Research Section and the Prevention Culture Section.

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