Occupational Health Care Services Template project examines companies’ attitudes to workers’ health and well-being in Russia

Well-organized medical and occupational health services may create a competitive edge that may encourage employees to commit themselves to the enterprise. The costs of workforce turnover are a challenge for many international enterprises operating in Russia.

The OCCSET project aims to study and further develop workers' health and well-being in the St. Petersburg area. By creating a template, the project seeks ways with which service providers can tackle the challenges they face when entering a new market area.

The first electronic questionnaire to study the market was sent out in April 2014 to 113 Finnish-based companies, of which 27 companies replied. The thematic interviews carried out in the summer of 2014 aimed to deepen the knowledge regarding companies' attitudes towards workers' well-being and to find ways in which to provide workers with medical services, health promotion and occupational health services.

The thematic interviews revealed that Finnish-based companies closely follow the requirements set in the legislation of the Russian Federation when it comes to occupational safety and periodical medical examinations. The Compulsory Health Insurance is set and regulated by the Federation. Additionally, the companies can improve their insurance policies with the Voluntary Health Insurances. The Voluntary Health Insurance is provided by the private insurance companies which are specialized in such fields of activities. Majority of Finnish based and other international companies use such voluntary health insurances. Positive workplace health promotion measures, on the other hand, appear a promising area for future strengthening.

The two-year project was launched at the beginning of 2014 by the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, the Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. The project is funded by Tekes.

Additional information

Research manager Henri Karppinen