A Comparison of Safety, Health, and Well-Being Risk Factors Across Five Occupational Samples

Ginger C. Hanson, Anjali Rameshbabu, Todd E. Bodner, Leslie B. Hammer, Diane S. Rohlman, Ryan Olson, Brad Wipfli, Kerry Kuehl, Nancy A. Perrin, Lindsey Alley, Allison Schue, Sharon V. Thompson, Megan Parish

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Objective: The aim of this study was to present safety, health and well-being profiles of workers within five occupations: call center work (N = 139), corrections (N = 85), construction (N = 348), homecare (N = 149), and parks and recreation (N = 178). Methods: Baseline data from the Data Repository of Oregon's Healthy Workforce Center were used. Measures were compared with clinical healthcare guidelines and national norms. Results: The prevalence of health and safety risks for adults was as follows: overweight (83.2%), high blood pressure (16.4%), injury causing lost work (9.9%), and reported pain (47.0%). Young workers were least likely to report adequate sleep (46.6%). Construction workers reported the highest rate of smoking (20.7%). All of the adult workers reported significantly lower general health than the general population. Conclusion: The number of workers experiencing poor safety, health and well-being outcomes suggest the need for improved working conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number614725
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
StatePublished - Feb 5 2021


  • health
  • health behaviors
  • health promotion
  • occupational safety
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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