The Small + Safe + Well (SSWell) study examines what small organizations are doing to support the health, safety, and well-being of their workforce, the impact on health outcomes, and how employees perceive their workplace health and safety culture. The goal of this project is to advance the field of Total Worker Health® by understanding whether changes to organizational culture impact employee health and safety outcomes.
Please see the information below to learn more about the project, the benefits of participation, and how to join the study.
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The SSWell study is funded through a cooperative agreement (1 U19 OH 011227 – 01) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health as part of one of six national Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health.
Small organizations in Colorado, including private, nonprofit, and government entities, with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to participate. Current Health Links Certified and Kick-Start businesses may participate, if they joined the Health Links network for the first time after September 1, 2016.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines Total Worker Health as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.
Participating organizations will:
- Complete the Health Links assessment, an online questionnaire gauging how well an organization is promoting health, safety, and well-being in their workplace
- Work with a local Health Links advisor to understand their assessment score, set goals, and take action
- Administer a survey to all employees about the health and safety culture of their workplace
- Have the opportunity to send one senior leader to participate in a Total Worker Health leadership training
- Get feedback and support
- Your organization will gain valuable feedback on your health and safety practices from the Health Links team and from your own employees by taking the Health Links assessment and administering an employee survey. Your organization will receive one-on-one support from a local Health Links advisor to design and execute an action plan to meet your health and safety goals.
- Receive training
- A senior leader in your organization will have the opportunity to take a Total Worker Health leadership training course, helping your organization implement effective programs and connect with other like-minded business leaders.
- Advance knowledge
- Your organization will be part of advancing the field of Total Worker Health and building a strong body of evidence to inform effective workplace health and safety practices in small businesses.