Better Safety Climate May Aid Recovery After Illness and Injury

A small survey of Latino forestry workers in US- state Oregon
showed that most did not receive adequate treatment or support after work-related
injury or illness, according to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health (NIOSH)-funded study at the University of Washington published in the
Journal of Agromedicineexternal icon. Latino forestry workers who did receive
treatment or support were more likely to fully recover and reported that their
employer promoted safety through policies, practices, and resources - indicators
of a healthy safety climate.

Overall, researchers found that workers in companies with more safety climate
indicators were more likely to recover. Additionally, injured workers who had
an interpreter at their medical exams unaffiliated with their employers also
had better outcomes. According to the researchers, these findings indicate that
a healthy safety climate can help improve recovery for injured forestry workers,
especially among vulnerable immigrants and other minority workers.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)