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 motor vehicle injuries. Worksites may include interventions focused on the individual (e.g., training servers to limit alcohol intake of customers, training driver’s to sleep at regular intervals) or changes in policies to support safety (e.g., requiring servers to check identification of customers, requiring drivers to sleep at regular intervals). 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 motor vehicle safety).

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 motor vehicle injury 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 motor vehicle injury prevention interventions are desirable. Information can be sent home with workers to address the family.
  • Most adults spend about half their life in a place of work, thus the workplace is considered to be well-suited for motor vehicle injury prevention interventions for adults.
  • Motor vehicle safety 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 motor vehicle safety messages since employees are at greater risk.

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