Validating a framework for participatory ergonomics
The purpose of this paper is twofold: (1) to inform others considering a participatory intervention by describing the implementation of this HWPP program, and (2) to describe a framework for evaluating complex TWH interventions, such as the HWPP.This study was an extension of a partnership with a labor union and several regional grocery store chains who had participated in a preliminary study examining workplace factors related to health behaviors and obesity [33,34].
Participatory methods are increasingly being used in Total Worker Health research and practice [14,17,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28].The freely available online program includes step-by-step guidance for assembling the participants, identifying problems, and developing and implementing solutions.The developers note the importance of organizational readiness and leadership support, and have recently developed a checklist to measure organizational readiness as well as a Process Evaluation Rating Sheet (PERS) and Management Dashboard [18,29].The evaluation framework provided a simple and practical method for identifying barriers to program delivery. workers suffer from at least one chronic disease, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and musculoskeletal disorders [1,2].Future studies should address these barriers to delivery and explore translation of this program to other settings. Working adults with chronic disease are more likely to have a reduced working capacity and greater difficulty staying at work than their healthy peers [3,4].
Upon completion of that study, we approached our partners about piloting the HWPP in one store.