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Small + Safe + Well (SSWell)

Worker health, safety, and well-being in small business

The Small + Safe + Well (SSWell) study is a multi-year research project designed to understand how small organizations support the health, safety, and well-being of their workforce and how employees perceive their workplace culture. The aim of this project is to uncover how those efforts and perceptions affect health outcomes.​

Total Worker Health® Leadership Programs

Major outputs of this project are our Total Worker Health Leadership Programs that are available to non-SSWell study participants. Check out the programs by clicking here.

Check out the publications below to learn more about the study.

Schwatka, NV, Tenney, L, Dally, M, Scott, J, Brown, C, Weitzenkamp, D, Shore, E, Newman, L. (2018). Small business Total Worker Health: A conceptual and methodological approach to facilitating organizational change. Occupational Health Sciences. 2(1): 25-41.

Thompson, J, Schwatka, NV, Tenney, L, Newman, L. (2018). Total Worker Health: A small business leader perspective. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15(11): 2416.

Shore, E., Schwatka, NV, Dally, M, Brown, C, Tenney, L, Newman, LS. (2020). Small business employees’ perceptions of leadership are associated with safety and health climates and their own behaviors. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. 62(2): 156-162.

Schwatka, NV, Sinclair, R, Fan, W, Dally, M, Shore, E, Brown, C, Tenney, L, Newman, LS. (2020). How does organizational climate motivate employee safe and healthy behavior in small business? A Self Determination Theory perspective. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. 62(5): 350-358.

Schwatka, NV, Dally, M, Tenney, L, Shore, E, Brown, C, Newman, LS. (2020). Total Worker Health leadership and business strategies are related to safety and health climates in small business. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17(6), 2142.

The SSWell Study is funded through a cooperative agreement (U19 OH 011227) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as part of one of six national Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health.

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