Oregon healthy workforce center: The nexus of safety, health and wellness in total worker health: Marriage or just cohabitation?
Methods: To address all topics in TWH, Center investigators committed to using common validated measurement instruments to evaluate longitudinal outcomes and common elements in their intervention methods.
Results: As investigators forged their field interventions, each faced challenges and borrowed methods used by other Center investigators. Some projects began as predominantly health promotion-focused, but engagement with safety professionals incorporated health protection; others were safety-focused but introduced wellness. Cross-project baseline findings and descriptions of collaborative efforts will provide insight into the challenges of achieving synergistic improvements in TWH outcomes in the workplace. Some interventions melded wellness and health and safety together better than others.
Conclusions: The use of common outcome measures, similar intervention methods and collaboration on logistics across diverse settings and occupations shed light on whether safety, health and wellness can be truly married, or are destined to just live together.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Identify methods, measures and procedures that can be used to integrate health, safety, and wellness into total work health programs.
Keyword(s): Occupational Health, Wellness
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on occupational safety and health and am the NIOSH-funded Director of the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center. My relevant research is focused on training interventions to improve occupational skills, work in a safer manner and to avoid health risks.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes
|Name of Organization||Clinical/Research Area||Type of relationship|
|Northwest Education Training and Assessment||Occupational Health & safety||Independent Contractor (contracted research and clinical trials) and President|
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