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J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jul;58(7):651-8. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000752.

Measurement Tools for Integrated Worker Health Protection and Promotion: Lessons Learned From the SafeWell Project.

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HealthPartners, and HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research (Drs. Pronk, Olson, and McKinney), Minneapolis, Minnesota; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Drs. Pronk, McLellan, Katz, Wagner, and Sorensen), Boston, Massachusetts; Aspirus (Dr. McGrail), Wausau, Wisconsin; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Drs. McLellan and Sorensen), Boston, Massachusetts; Brigham and Women's Hospital (Dr. Katz), Boston, Massachusetts; and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Dr Wagner), Washington, DC.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe (a) a conceptual approach, (b) measurement tools and data collection processes, (c) characteristics of an integrated feedback report and action plan, and (d) experiences of three companies with an integrated measurement approach to worker safety and health.

METHODS:

Three companies implemented measurement tools designed to create an integrated view of health protection and promotion based on organizational- and individual-level assessments. Feedback and recommended actions were presented following assessments at baseline and 1-year follow-up. Measurement processes included group dialogue sessions, walk-through, online surveys, and focus groups.

RESULTS:

The approach and measurement tools generated actionable recommendations and documented changes in the physical (eg, safety hazards) and psychosocial (eg, health and safety culture) work environment between baseline and 1-year follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

The measurement tools studied were feasible, acceptable, and meaningful to companies in the SafeWell study.

PMID:
27206128
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0000000000000752
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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