A healthy population is essential for economic development whilst disease and disability related to polluted environments slows and blocks economic development. The purpose of any economic activity is to increase the well-being of individuals and enterprises in the same way. This is a fact that we sometimes forget when we are talking about work environment development. A traditional approach where improving health and safety at the workplace is seen as an additional cost has slowly been replaced with an approach where workers’ health, safety and wellbeing become integral parts of the economic sustainability and organisational development of enterprise
By linking health and safety issues with managerial and developmental issues, a growing number of successful enterprises show that it is possible to develop the work environment combining workers well-being and company profitability in balanced way.