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Health and safety in the workplace letter

Dear Sir or Madam,

Health and safety concerns remain a major cause of morbidity, mortality, workplace absence and absenteeism. It also remains an area with limited research in Ireland.

Under the lead of Professor John Gallagher, School of Public Health, University College Cork we are studying patterns of workplace health and safety provision in the Irish context.

Since 2003, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has advocated for the integration of occupational safety and health protection with workplace efforts to promote worker health and wellbeing. In 2011 these efforts evolved in response to partner and stakeholder input to become the NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) program. A Total Worker Health approach is an integrated approach to health, safety, and welfare provision and is defined by policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with the promotion of injury and illness-prevention efforts with the overall aim of advancing worker wellbeing.

Utilising the Harvard School of Public Health's validated Indicators of Integration we aim to study the extent to which integrated efforts to improve worker safety, health, and wellbeing are being implemented within organisations in Ireland. IOSH with its commitment to evidence-based studies into workplace health and safety has agreed to circulate the survey to its members in Ireland, as part of its role as a thought leader in safety and health.

We would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete the survey. There are no right or wrong answers. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

This research will produce important data about Irish workplaces and the health and safety provisions within. Our aim is to publish the research nationally and internationally. Please click on the link below to access the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/workplacehealthandsafetyIreland2018

The study details will be maintained confidentially and in accordance with Data Protection Legislation for the duration of the research and disposed of appropriately afterward.

Should you need further details or clarification please do not hesitate to contact me at grainne.mcnally2@hse.ie

Thank you for your participation in this key Irish based research.

Yours sincerely

Dr. Grainne McNally
Specialist Registrar in Occupational Medicine, University Hospital Limerick.

Professor John Gallagher
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor
School of Public Health, University College Cork MCN 09751