USE 2017 provided the valuable opportunity to share the latest research in workplace health and safety. Thanks to the following presentations, we gained an understanding of the unique needs of small businesses and strategies for cultivating healthy work environments.

As a reminder, CME, CNE, and CECH continuing education credits are available for some of the conference presentations. Instructions for submitting continuing education credits are available here.



Pathways to Implementing Total Worker Health: Implications for Small Enterprises, Glorian Sorensen, PhD

Between a Rock and a Hard Place—Small Business Dilemmas in the Control of Occupational Health and Safety, Peter Hasle, PhD

Is ‘Human Resource Management’ a Catalyst or an Impediment to Achieving Worker Well-Being and Sustainable Business Success?, John Boudreau, PhD


Improving Safety in Small Enterprises

Measuring Safety Climate in Small Business: Is it Worth the Effort?, David Parker, MD, MPH

Building a Case for Small Business-Specific Occupational Health and Safety Research and Intervention Priorities in Quebec, Danièle Champoux, PhD

Toward a Strategy for Improving Occupational Safety and Health Messaging to Small Businesses, Paul Schulte, PhD

Practical Types of Low-Cost Improvements Addressing Psychosocial Factors in Participatory Workplace Improvement Programs, Kazutaka Kogi, PhD

The Informal Economy

Understanding Occupational and Non-Occupational Risks Associated with Reduced Kidney Function in Sugarcane Workers in Guatemala, Jaime Butler-Dawson, PhD, MPH, Lyndsay Krisher, MPH

Assessment of the Relevance and Impact of Promoting Marketable Skills for the Informal Sector Implemented in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Yesuneh Gizaw, DVM, MVSC

Healthy Work Environment: Promoting Good Work Practices Through Workplace Design and Wellness Programme Among Artisans (Informal Workers) in ‘Mechanic Village’ (Automobile Repair Garages) in Abeokuta, South West, Nigeria, Shamusideen Kadiri, BSC, M. ED

Legality and Ways of Reconciling Health (In)access among Mexican Migrant Micro-Entrepreneurs in a Los Angeles Flea Market or “Swap-Meet”, Josefina Flores Morales

Tools, Resources, and Systems for Small Enterprises

IDEWE’s General Prevention System (iGPS) to Implement and Manage Occupational Safety, Health, and Well-Being in Small Enterprises, Ilonka Sommen, MSc

The Assets of Online Interactive Tools to Improve OSH in MSEs, Marc Malenfer

Assessment of Psychosocial Policies in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Filip Pelgrims

Health Risk and Workers’ Compensation Calculator: an Online Resource for Businesses, Natalie Schwatka, PhD

Total Worker Health in Small Enterprises

Lessons Learned from Good Examples on How to Improve Occupational Health and Safety in Micro and Small Enterprises, Ann-Beth Antonsson, PhD

Discovery and Dissemination of Total Worker Health Practices among Midwest Small Employers, Diane Rholman, PhD

An Assessment of a Total Worker Health Intervention in Small Business, Liliana Tenney, MPH

Total Worker Health in Childcare Centers: Preliminary Results from a Community-based Model, Brenda Jacklitsch, MS

Vulnerable Workers

Promoting Health and Safety in Nail Salons through the Michigan Healthy Nail Salon Cooperative (MHNSC), Stephanie Sayler, MS, CIH

Understanding Precarious Work: Defining the Intersection of Vulnerability and Work Organization, Noah Seixas, PhD, CIH

Is the ‘Grass’ Greener? Work and Well-Being in the Colorado Cannabis Industry, Kevin Walters, MS

Workers and Their Families

Overview of Paid Medical Leave Policy Landscape, Vicki Shabo

Parental Leave and Return to Work: Understanding Decisions to take Parental Leave, Breastfeed, and Return to Work Among Working Parents, Kelsie Daigle

Family-Supportive Supervisor Behavior (FSSB): Implications for Small Enterprises, Shalyn Stevens

An Assessment for Family-Friendly Workplace Best-Practices: Implementation and Lessons Learned, Michelle Haan, MPH, David Shapiro

Ergonomics in Small Enterprises

Ergonomics Assistance for Small Companies through Support from State Government, Sheryl Ulin, PhD, CPE

Designing the Healthy Office: User Perceptions and Solutions, Caitlin DeClercq, PhD

Impact of Business Size

Exploring Self-Reported Availability and Use of Workplace Policy and Health Supports among Employees of Small and Large Businesses in many Industries, Ann Marie Dale, PhD, OTR/L

Is There a Health Establishment Size-Premium?, Tommaso Tempesti, PhD

Meaningful Work

Psychological Health and Meaningful Work Among Brewery Workers, Adelyn Shimizu, MS

The Organization of Well-Being, Ethan Merk, MS, Joshua Scott, MS

Support Networks

The Role of Non-Pro t Organizations such as Workplace Health Without Borders in Support Networks for Small Enterprises, Albert Tien, PhD

Developing New Models of Occupational Health Services for Entrepreneurs and Small Enterprises, Helena Palmgren, DSc, MA

The Contribution of Partnership for Massive Prevention Approaches, Marc Malenfer, MBA

The Role of Public Health in Small Enterprises

How Local Business Networks are Connecting the Dots on Wellness, Deborah Hoefler, Cheri Prochazka, Mitzi Schindler, Jennifer Tellis, MPH



Challenges for Safety and Health in Industries with Contingent or Intermittent Employment: Experience from the Construction Industry in the United States, Knut Ringen, DrPH

The Fissured Workplace and the Future of Work, David Weil, PhD


Health Services for Small Enterprises

Participatory Action Oriented Health Care Program for Self-Employed Merchants in a Traditional Market, Korea, Kuck Hyeun Woo, MD, PhD

Occupational Health Nurse as an Alternative Resource in a Small-Scale Enterprise in Japan, Jiro Moriguchi, MD, PhD

Occupational Health Cooperation Between Small Enterprises and Occupational Health Services, Kristina Rajala, MSc, PhD

Working Successfully with Small Business Owners: Results and Lessons from the Collision Auto Repair Safety Study (CARSS), Anca Bejan, CIH, COHC

Prevention in High-Risk Industries

Prevention of Dust Exposure by Implementing a Culture of Prevention in the Demolition Sector, Hans Jørgen Limborg, PhD

Coordination Between Stakeholders to Improve the Risk Prevention in MSEs: Case Studies in Transport and Construction Programs, Sandrine Caroly, Déborah Gaudin

Facilitating Good Practices Against Heat Stroke in Small-Scale Workplaces, Yumi Sano, MD, MPH

Examination of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Indicators in Small Brazilian Metallurgical Enterprises, Paulo Pereira

Occupational Safety and Health in Small Industrial Settings

The Critical Success Factors to Eco-Industrial Park Projects in Thailand: a Case Study of Saha Group Industrial Park, Sriracha, Thailand, Kultida Bunjongsiri

Occupational Health and Safety Practices in a Small Metal Mechanic Company in Piura, Peru, Norvil Antonio Mera Chu

Safety Management Intervention Among Small Metal Fabrication Businesses: The National Machine Guarding Program, David Parker, MD, MPH

Wellness Programs in Small Enterprises

Strategies for Increasing Participation Rates in Wellness Programs, Cristina Banks, PhD, Isabelle Thibau, MPH

Understanding Small Enterprises from the Workplace Health in America Survey, Laurie Cluff, PhD

Eat Well at Work: Improving the Healthy Food and Beverage Landscape with San Diego Businesses, Rachel Kramer

Workplace Health and Safety in Construction

Improved Safety Tools for Small Enterprises through Lean Startup, Garrett Burnett, MS, MBA, Gino Fazio

Developing Dissemination Products to Prevent WMSDs in Aging Construction Workers in Small Construction Firms, Bermang Ortiz, Juliann Scholl, PhD

Leveraging an Evidence-Based Approach to Communicate Safety and Health Information to Small Employers and their Employees, Eileen Betit



Safety Training for Small Construction Contractors: Cases from Columbia and the USA, Luz Stella Marín, ScD

What is Total Worker Health for Small Manufacturing Businesses? Lessons Learned from an Integrated Workplace Safety – Smoking Cessation Intervention Study, Lisa Brosseau, ScD

Workplace Mental Health: Developing an Integrated Approach in Small Enterprises, Tony LaMontagne, ScD