Former trainee Nate Huizinga (MS in Occupational and Environmental Health, 2018) worked with a large manufacturer of household appliances to conduct an analysis of the association between visiting an on-site occupational health center and duration of employment among newly hired workers. He paired occupational health center data with human resources data for a cohort of more than 3700 employees, and analyzed the risk of employment termination following a first-time visit to the center for reasons consistent with an occupational injury (including musculoskeletal complaints). He observed that the risk of employment termination during the first 60 days of employment was more than double among those who visited the occupational health center compared to those who did not. The results of Mr. Huizinga’s research point to the importance of supporting the occupational safety and health needs of newly hired workers, which can, in turn, impact costs associated with employee turnover. His research was published in the special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, “Using Total Worker Health® to Advance Worker Health and Safety.”
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