Suzana Tošić Golubović, Vladica Sibinović, Aleksandra Ilić Petković

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The COVID-19 pandemic has foregrounded the issue of occupational safety and health. The focus is still on the protection of physical integrity and health, but increasing attention is being paid to the mental health of employees, because occupational stress, burnout syndrome, depression and anxiety have become more frequent. Recent studies have acknowledged these issues; however,  they have been significantly intensified with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper investigates the mental health problems of healthcare workers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a comprehensive view of this issue, the starting point for the mental health protection of these workers is the improvement of legal regulations on occupational safety in terms of recognizing new circumstances. Legal regulations enable the state, employers and employees to take occupational safety measures in order to preserve the mental health of healthcare workers.


mental health, COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers, regulations

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