Category: Interventions & Solutions

Is the government giving up on protecting working people from Covid-19

It appears that the U.S. government is exploring the possibility of trying to get working people back on the job without providing them with adequate protection in the form of PPE or insisting on proper social distancing. Sending people back to work without protection is a very poor form of trying to achieve herd immunity by infecting the entire population. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with trying to develop herd immunity now in…

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Stress in the Time of COVID-19

As we published our new Medium Article last week Blurred Boundaries: Work-life balance in the time of COVID-19, we received a newly released Stress in America report from the American Psychological Association (APA) on Stress in the Time of COVID-19. Between March 26 and April 4, at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, a survey of a representative sample of 3,000+ U.S. adults was conducted on behalf of the APA to get a current…

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How to protect “essential’ working people from COVID-19 Epidemic

To protect the vulnerable from Covid-19 requires active, assertive and comprehensive identification of 1) those at risk; 2) those infected (but not symptomatic); 3) those with active symptoms; and 4) those who have been infected and now have immunity and can safely return to work. Groups 2 and 3 above pose great danger to our essential workers on the front line of the battle against this epidemic. To provide adequate protection to health workers…

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Linking job characteristics to mortality

This past week, an article in the Journal of Applied Psychology of the American Psychological Association found that job demands affect employee health outcomes. In This job is (literally) killing me: A moderated-mediated model linking work characteristics to mortality, the authors used theories from the work stress and medical literatures to argue that job control and cognitive ability moderate the positive relationship between job demands and the probability of mortality. They do so via…

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New Healthy Work Strategies for urban bus drivers

Urban bus driving is a highly stressful occupation. Even now during Covid-19 these essential workers are on the front lines, risking exposure helping to transport people where they need to be. In the best of times, bus drivers need to be highly vigilant to avoid accidents and injuries to themselves and the public. Vigilance is stressful and results in bus drivers having some of the highest rates of hypertension of any occupation. Driving is…

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High levels of work stress among Bus Drivers

Bus Drivers experience high levels of work stress particularly when driving in crowded urban areas. The Center for Social Epidemiology has been working for the past 6 years with the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the bus driver union SMART as well as the SMART-MTA-Trust Fund. This past year we worked with 400 LA Bus drivers to assess work stressors and their impact on driver health. Bus drivers have the highest prevalence…

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Mayday, Mayday 2020: Workplace Mental Health, Stress and Injury Prevention

Mayday, Mayday is an internationally recognized cry for help. “Mayday” is a celebration of “the contribution of workers the world over… … and “the critically important subject of Workplace Mental Health, especially as we all strive to cope with the impact of the current global pandemic. This 5 week series…” draws speakers from across Ontario and beyond to highlight and share solutions to Workplace Mental Health, Stress & Injury Prevention with consideration for both the…

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New Case Histories re Bus Driver Interventions now available

Summaries of interventions to reduce job stress among urban bus drivers in Copenhagen and Stockholm are now available on our Healthywork.org website. The case histories describe efforts to identify various sources of stress bus drivers are exposed to while driving and provide solutions such as scheduling changes, etc. which were implemented with varying degrees of success. The case histories can be found here at https://healthywork.org/resources/healthy-work-strategies/…

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Our New Webinar: Identifying and Preventing Work Stressors to Reduce Chronic Disease

On March 11, 2020, HWC team members, Drs. Paul Landsbergis, Marnie Dobson and Peter Schnall presented Identifying and Preventing Work Stressors to Reduce Chronic Disease: The Healthy Work Campaig n, a webinar hosted by the Center for Healthy Work, University of Illinois, Chicago, a Total Worker Health® Center of Excellence. See slides here. The full webinar – voice and slides- will be posted shortly. The Healthy Work Survey project is progressing. We are now working…

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Healthy Work this Labor Day!

On this Labor Day weekend, we have to recognize the toll this pandemic has taken on the lives of so many workers. Essential workers, including bus drivers, grocery workers, food processing/meat-packing workers, health care workers and many others have been risking their health or lives working. The federal government has failed in its response, with no overall plan for testing and contact tracing, inconsitent messaging on PPE and masking, and now 186,000 or more…

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