Measuring Best Practices for Workplace Safety, Health, and Well-Being: The Workplace Integrated Safety and Health Assessment

Glorian Sorensen, Emily Sparer, Jessica A.R. Williams, Daniel Gundersen, Leslie I. Boden, Jack T. Dennerlein, Dean Hashimoto, Jeffrey N. Katz, Deborah L. McLellan, Cassandra A. Okechukwu, Nicolaas P. Pronk, Anna Revette, Gregory R. Wagner

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Abstract

Objective: To present a measure of effective workplace organizational policies, programs, and practices that focuses on working conditions and organizational facilitators of worker safety, health and well-being: the workplace integrated safety and health (WISH) assessment. Methods: Development of this assessment used an iterative process involving a modified Delphi method, extensive literature reviews, and systematic cognitive testing. Results: The assessment measures six core constructs identified as central to best practices for protecting and promoting worker safety, health and well-being: leadership commitment; participation; policies, programs, and practices that foster supportive working conditions; comprehensive and collaborative strategies; adherence to federal and state regulations and ethical norms; and data-driven change. Conclusions: The WISH Assessment holds promise as a tool that may inform organizational priority setting and guide research around causal pathways influencing implementation and outcomes related to these approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-439
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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