Online course to help employers improve health and safety programming

Online course to help employers improve health and safety programming Photo: voltamax, Pixabay

A new online course has been launched to help employers integrate their health and safety programming in ways that can bolster bottom-line results while improving the health and wellbeing of workers.

The seven-module eLearning course, “Fundamentals of Integrated Health and Safety” was developed by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and UL in partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health.

The course offers strategies aimed at improving health and safety programming using the concept of Integrated Health and Safety (HIS), which is an increasingly popular workplace management approach that more closely aligns the traditionally separates “silos” of workplace health and safety programs.

The course has a step-by-step how-to manual of IHS, ranging from data collection and health and safety measurement to population health management and the details of integrating health and safety teams.

It incorporates the latest in research and practical applications for these concepts, including the component of metrics and measurements. The course also includes in-depth instruction in the use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and a measurement tool called “Integrated Health and Safety Index” which helps determine the long-term business value of employer health and safety programming.

“We are excited to offer this important new educational resource in an environment in which the demands is high for new strategies to address employee health and safety,” said James A. Tacci, MD, ACOEM President. “The course is extremely relevant to employers, who today are facing the impact of the rise of chronic disease, an aging workforce and many other factors that make well-thought workplace health and safety programs a must.”

Those who will complete the course will earn a certificate from university of Illinois, Chicago School of Public Health.

“While we have made many gains in health and safety in recent decades, it has only been recently that we have discovered, through research and innovation, that integrating then can significantly leverage their effectiveness,” said Mark Ward, General Manager of UL EHS Sustainability. “With this course, we are offering the most comprehensive instruction and tools available on how employers can take this important step forward with their own programs.”

Modules 1 to 4 of the course will tackle the fundamentals of workplace health and productivity and workplace safety, offering advice on creating and measuring effective health and safety programming. Modules 5,6 and 7 offer a roadmap for integrating these programs together for greater impact.

Introductory cost for the course and resulting certificate is $199.