Article included in edition Volume XII :: Nr.2 :: December 2016

Empirical Research

For the study of Workers’ Model diffusion. Three stories from Chile

Patrizio Tonelli1
(1) Programa Trabajo, Empleo, Equidad y Salud (TEES),
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) - sede Chile.
Avenida Dag Hammarskjold 3269, Vitacura,
Santiago, Chile

During the seventies, the Italian Workers’ Model represented the "most complete" participatory action research (PAR) proposal in the field of workers’ health. From Italy, it spread and influenced the struggle for the protection of the workers’ health of other national contexts. This paper presents a historical reconstruction of three experiences in implementing the Italian Workers’ Model in Chile during the 90s of the last century in three different working places (sectors). These experiences show, on the one hand, the ability of the model to adapt to new contexts and demands and, on the other hand, the problems linked to the practice of non-delegation. The paper intends to be an historiographical contribution to enrich the study and understanding of the Italian Workers’ Model and its past success, pointing, at the same time, to rediscover it as a contribution to rethink the current ways in which workers and experts address the occupational health domain.

Keywords history, health at work, Chile, Italian worker’s model.