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“This program breathed new life into the Safety Committee and the Ergonomics Team.”
-HWPP Program Facilitator at Frisbie Memorial Hospital

For more information about how the HWPP was used at Frisbie and in other organizations, see the Featured Case Studies.

The Healthy Workplace Participatory Program is a unique tool that helps employers plan, design, implement and evaluate integrated health and safety and wellness programs that promote overall health and well-being.

Research shows that participatory ergonomics interventions were effective for reducing musculoskeletal symptoms, injuries, workers compensation claims, and lost days from work or sickness absence. Emerging evidence on integrated occupational safety and wellness programs has shown savings on health care and administrative costs in industry, as well as superior program impacts on health outcomes through coordinated safety and health promotion activities. Learn More about the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program!

Toolkit Benefits

Using the toolkit materials will help transform your organization to create a culture of health, safety and wellness at all levels. Research shows that this program:

  • Engages employees in setting priorities and developing solutions
  • Improves organizational culture, communication and collaboration about health, safety, wellness
  • Integrates ergonomics with health promotion initiatives
  • Establishes a sustainable process for continuous health/safety improvement
  • Develops a business case for health and safety interventions, one intervention at a time.

The centerpiece of the program is the Intervention, Design, and Analysis Scorecard (IDEAS) Tool. The IDEAS tool provides a structured process for intervention planning. It uncovers root causes to poor health and injuries, and leads to more complete solutions. Most importantly, it engages and empowers employees, building confidence in the organization to change unhealthy behaviors and conditions. Read more about the IDEAS tool.

Featured Case Studies

Frisbie Memorial Hospital successfully used the HWPP to address a rise in patient handling injuries among employees in the medical and surgical unit. The HWPP resulted in improvements beyond the originally intended target and reduced patient handling injuries hospital-wide.

For a full description of the HWPP at Frisbie, read theFrisbie Case Study (pdf).

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