Healthcare & Working conditions
Everyone benefits from good health. Cure, care and prevention play a major role in this. Panteia provides insight into various aspects of health and prevention, including attention to healthy and safe working environments and to influencing citizens to make (un)healthy choices. We cover legislative, policy implementation and day-to-day practice.
Safe and Healthy conditions at the workplace
Governments, employers and employees have a responsibility to assure healthy and safe working conditions. Panteia experts have knowledge on the physical and psychological factors that impact the health condition of the workers, the relevant European and national regulatory systems, the obstacles that employers and employees face to improve working conditions and prevention measures that can be taken. There is a strong link with preventing labour shortages. Panteia has a network of experts in occupational health and safety all over Europe, with whom project and evaluations are carried out on behalf of the Dutch government but also for the European Commission, EU-OSHA and Eurofound, and social partners in for instance transport, culture and construction sectors.
(Public) health promotion programmes
As with organisational health and safety, public health is a crucial factor in inclusion in society and economic contributions. The reverse is the case just as much. In the National Prevention Agreement, the Dutch government and more than 70 civil society organisations committed themselves to improving the health of the Dutch people. The aim is to reduce smoking, obesity and problematic alcohol use. Sexual health and drug use are also an ongoing concern. Panteia determines the impact of these programmes on (public) health. To this end, we provide a picture of current behaviour, the influences on behaviour and the effects of initiatives to promote health. Similar projects are done for European policy makers.
The influence of marketing and social media
Social media has opened up a new world over the past few decades. Nevertheless, there is still little understanding of the effects of social media on health. Marketing for unhealthy products reaches various target groups, including children, who are thus enticed to consume more (unhealthy) products. This marketing may not legally target children, but children still come into contact with it. In addition, the way people behave and influence others through social media raises new issues about the effects on mental health. Social media and use of AI can also be used to create positive impact on behaviour and health. Panteia closely monitors developments concerning social media. With our knowledge of how platforms, advertisers and users work, we provide insight into what takes place online and how this affects people in all sorts of ways.
Legislation and regulations to protect consumers
In some business sectors, extra attention to the health and safety of visitors and consumers is very important. For example, in the field of food and alcohol, where rules apply to the sale and promotion of alcohol and products that are high in fat, sugar or salt. Additionally, other sectors are also bound by rules in cases where extra attention is paid to the protection of consumers, such as in the hospitality industry, tattoo studios and other businesses where customers run a (possible) health risk. Panteia is acquainted with the rules and monitors compliance on behalf of clients. Based on our research, we also provide advice regarding possible adjustments to the rules, with regular reference to international examples and best practices.