From: Ralph Stuart <rstuartcih**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Workplace Safety Communications Campaigns Should be Driven by Employer, Industry, Workflow, and Culture
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:44:47 -0400
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I suspect similar considerations apply to many different occupational safety issues...

- Ralph

NIOSH Science Blog

Workplace Safety Communications Campaigns Should be Driven by Employer, Industry, Workflow, and Culture
Posted on March 26, 2018 by Jennifer Alexander, Jules Payne, Sydney Webb, Stephanie Pratt, David Fosbroke, and Rebecca Olsavsky

Employees who drive for work face significant roadway risks, and motor vehicle crashes can devastate families, communities, and organizations. Crashes are the leading cause of workplace fatalities, with 1,252 deaths of vehicle drivers and passengers on public roads in 2016. In 2013, on-the-job crashes cost employers over $25 billion and led to 155,000 lost work days. Despite the human and financial costs of crashes, only 24 percent of employers offer occupational health services as part of their wellness programs. Furthermore, the available safety training does not always improve worker health outcomes.

Safety programs developed to prevent motor vehicle crashes are unlikely to work unless they are designed with employers‰?? needs and constraints in mind. This is particularly true among smaller and midsize employers, which need additional resources and knowledge to be successful. Workplace safety experts can develop better communication campaigns for small businesses when we talk to employers and employees to better understand their needs.

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