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Florida International: Professor Works with Building Construction Employer Association to Develop OHS Assessment and Referral Tool

Dr. Benjamin C. Amick III, professor and chair of the department of health policy and management at the Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, has worked with the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) to develop INDICATOR, an assessment and referral tool that will improve job safety in construction. Dr. Amick is a senior scientist at IWH, based in Toronto, Canada, and was the principal investigator on the project.

The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM), which provides education, training and consulting on occupational health and safety (OHS) to the building construction sector in the Canadian province of Manitoba, partnered with IWH to develop a tool to improve overall safety among its 7,000 members. The goals of the tool are to let workplaces a) measure their safety culture, b) assess their health and safety leading indicators and c) compare their health and safety performance with that of industry peers. The result is the dashboard.

According to Dr. Amick, OHS benchmarks have to be scientifically credible to be useful, and that was where IWH expertise came in.

Dr. Amick’s IWH team contributed to INDICATOR in two ways. First, the team worked with CSAM to develop the survey questions based on the IWH’s leading indicators, including its Organizational Performance Metric (IWH-OPM). That’s the set of eight questions developed in consensus by a team of health and safety professionals representing the breadth of Ontario’s prevention system. Those eight questions, which have been tested for validity and reliability, have also been found to be linked to workers’ compensation claims rates in two Canadian provinces: in an Ontario sample of 600 workplaces and a New Brunswick sample of 250 workplaces.

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