Validating a framework for participatory ergonomics
programs have not been well studied, and little is known about what is needed to successfully implement these programs.
We conducted a participatory health promotion program with grocery store workers using the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program (HWPP) from the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace.
Including these users in the process allows their perspectives to be considered in identifying both workplace health hazards and possible barriers to adopting or participating in the planned interventions.
Participatory methods are increasingly being used in Total Worker Health research and practice [14,17,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28].
The HWPP model includes a design team made up of front-line workers and a steering committee comprised of multiple management levels .
These two teams work together, with the help of a program facilitator, to create health and wellness activities for their workplace.
Healthy behaviors can reduce the effects of chronic conditions for better work (fewer missed days, increased productivity) and health (less musculoskeletal pain, improved mental health) outcomes [5,6,7,8,9,10].
This promising and relatively new program has been used in various work settings including corrections facilities, real estate, non-profit healthcare and social assistance agencies, and state government executive offices [28,30].
Publications to date provide little practical advice for implementing the HWPP program (e.g., characteristics most important for success, total time commitment, expectations of the design team, facilitator role).
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].