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Leveraging Strategic Foresight to Advance Worker Safety, Health, and Well-Being

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC 20024, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(16), 8477; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168477
Received: 23 June 2021 / Revised: 5 August 2021 / Accepted: 7 August 2021 / Published: 11 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Worker Safety, Health, and Well-Being in the USA)
Attending to the ever-expanding list of factors impacting work, the workplace, and the workforce will require innovative methods and approaches for occupational safety and health (OSH) research and practice. This paper explores strategic foresight as a tool that can enhance OSH capacity to anticipate, and even shape, the future as it pertains to work. Equal parts science and art, strategic foresight includes the development and analysis of plausible alternative futures as inputs to strategic plans and actions. Here, we review several published foresight approaches and examples of work-related futures scenarios. We also present a working foresight framework tailored for OSH and offer recommendations for next steps to incorporate strategic foresight into research and practice in order to advance worker safety, health, and well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational safety and health; methods and approaches; strategic foresight; forecast; scenario; work-related future; worker well-being occupational safety and health; methods and approaches; strategic foresight; forecast; scenario; work-related future; worker well-being
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Streit, J.M.K.; Felknor, S.A.; Edwards, N.T.; Howard, J. Leveraging Strategic Foresight to Advance Worker Safety, Health, and Well-Being. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8477. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168477

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Streit JMK, Felknor SA, Edwards NT, Howard J. Leveraging Strategic Foresight to Advance Worker Safety, Health, and Well-Being. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(16):8477. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168477

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Streit, Jessica M.K., Sarah A. Felknor, Nicole T. Edwards, and John Howard. 2021. "Leveraging Strategic Foresight to Advance Worker Safety, Health, and Well-Being" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 16: 8477. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168477

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