Worksite-based Settings

Given that most adults spend many of their waking hours at work, worksites are seen as a potentially useful place to encourage employees to prevent injuries from falls. Worksites may include interventions focused on the individual (e.g., safety training for employees, training on use of different equipment) or changes in policies to support safety (e.g., creation and enforcement of equipment standards and safety practices). Some worksite programs or policies have been offered by management and others have been developed jointly through labor/management negotiations. There are also interventions that have been developed to build support for employees and their families (e.g., education about home safety precautions).

In developing your intervention, it is important to consider the feasibility of engaging in these various strategies and to consider alternatives as appropriate. For example, many small businesses find it useful and cost effective to work with existing community programs to support employees or their families with injury from falls prevention education off-site. It is also important that the opportunities created are flexible enough to meet the needs of a wide variety of employees.

Previous work in worksite-based settings has found:

  • Worksite settings have the potential to reach a large population of adults so injury from falls education interventions are desirable. Information can also be sent home with workers to address family risks.
  • Since the majority of adults are employed, the worksite represents a large, accessible audience for injury prevention efforts.
  • The workplace is a viable site for health promotion programs since it provides an opportunity to make environmental, structural, and policy changes that support educational messages.
  • Injury prevention education programs in the workplace can result in fewer overall days absent, reduced short-term disability days and lower health costs.
  • Certain workplaces are important locations to promote injury prevention messages since employees are at greater risk.

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