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Assessing Workplace Health and Safety Strategies, Trends, and Barriers through a Statewide Worksite Survey

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Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA
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Division of Public Health, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln, NE 68509, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(14), 2475; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16142475
Received: 8 April 2019 / Revised: 26 June 2019 / Accepted: 9 July 2019 / Published: 11 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Using Total Worker Health to Advance Worker Health and Safety)
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Abstract

Chronic diseases have added to the economic burden of the U.S. healthcare system. Most Americans spend most of their waking time at work, thereby, presenting employers with an opportunity to protect and promote health. The purpose of this study was to assess the implementation of workplace health governance and safety strategies among worksites in the State of Nebraska, over time and by industry sector using a randomized survey. Weighted percentages were compared by year, industry sector, and worksite size. Over the three study periods, 4784 responses were collected from worksite representatives. Adoption of workplace health governance and planning strategies increased over time and significantly varied across industry sector groups. Organizational safety policies varied by industry sector and were more commonly reported than workplace health governance and planning strategies. Time constraints were the most common barrier among worksites of all sizes, and stress was reported as the leading employee health issue that negatively impacts business. Results suggest that opportunities exist to integrate workplace health and safety initiatives, especially in blue-collar industry sectors and small businesses. View Full-Text
Keywords: workplace health; wellness; governance; planning; barriers; survey; industry; ACA workplace health; wellness; governance; planning; barriers; survey; industry; ACA
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Sedani, A.; Stover, D.; Coyle, B.; Wani, R.J. Assessing Workplace Health and Safety Strategies, Trends, and Barriers through a Statewide Worksite Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2475.

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