Workplace health protection and promotion through participatory ergonomics: an integrated approach.
Henning-R; Warren-N; Robertson-M; Faghri-P; Cherniack-M
Public Health Rep 2009 Jul-Aug; 124(Suppl 1):26-35
A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) developed an evidence-based approach to address three recognized challenges to workplace programs designed to improve employee health: establishing employee ownership, integrating with work organization, and sustainability. The two main innovations being introduced in combination were (1) integrating traditional workplace health protection (e.g., ergonomics, industrial hygiene) with health promotion (e.g., assisting workers in improving health behaviors) and (2) introducing a bottom-up participatory model for engaging employees in innovative iterative design efforts to enhance both components of this integrated program. In the program, which was modeled after participatory ergonomics programs, teams of workers engage in the iterative design of workplace interventions to address their prioritized health concerns with the support of a multilevel steering committee. The integrated approach being tested can complement existing worksite safety and health initiatives and promote organizational learning, with expected synergistic effects.
Education; Educational-resource-centers; Employee-health; Ergonomics; Health-programs; Health-services; Health-surveys; Safety-education; Safety-programs; Work-environment; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Work-organization; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Total-Worker-Health
Robert Henning, PhD, Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, Psychology Department, University of Connecticut, 406 Babbidge Rd., Storrs, CT 06269-1020
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Public Health Reports
University of Massachusetts, Lowell