Measuring Best Practices for Workplace Safety, Health, and Well-Being: The Workplace Integrated Safety and Health Assessment

J Occup Environ Med. 2018 May;60(5):430-439. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001286.


Objective: To present a measure of effective workplace organizational policies, programs, and practices that focuses on working conditions and organizational facilitators of worker safety, health and well-being: the workplace integrated safety and health (WISH) assessment.

Methods: Development of this assessment used an iterative process involving a modified Delphi method, extensive literature reviews, and systematic cognitive testing.

Results: The assessment measures six core constructs identified as central to best practices for protecting and promoting worker safety, health and well-being: leadership commitment; participation; policies, programs, and practices that foster supportive working conditions; comprehensive and collaborative strategies; adherence to federal and state regulations and ethical norms; and data-driven change.

Conclusions: The WISH Assessment holds promise as a tool that may inform organizational priority setting and guide research around causal pathways influencing implementation and outcomes related to these approaches.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cognition
  • Delphi Technique
  • Evidence-Based Practice*
  • Health Status
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Leadership
  • Occupational Health*
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Safety Management* / organization & administration
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workplace