COVID-19 Impact

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Journal Article
Commentary

An integrative total worker health framework for keeping workers safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dennerlein JT, Burke L, Sabbath EL, et al. Hum Factors. 2020;62(5):689–696.

The authors reviewed emerging workplace recommendations for reducing workers’ exposures to COVID-19 and, using human factors and ergonomic principles, proposed an approach for supporting worker safety, health and well-being during the pandemic. The recommended approach includes six key characteristics: (1) leadership commitment; (2) policies, programs and practices fostering supportive working conditions; (3) stakeholder participation at every level of the organization; (4) comprehensive and collaborative strategies; (5) adherence to state and federal regulations, as well as ethical norms, and; (6) commitment to data-driven change and continuous improvement.