The development and testing of a tool to assess joint health and safety committee functioning and effectiveness

Publication type
Journal article
Nichol K Kudla I Robson LS Hon CY Eriksson J Holness DL
Date published
2017 Feb 28
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Open Access?

BACKGROUND: Concern regarding functioning and effectiveness of joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) in Ontario hospitals was raised following the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in 2003. A subsequent literature review revealed a lack of studies focused within the healthcare sector. METHODS: A tool to measure JHSC effectiveness was developed by a panel of occupational health and safety experts based on a framework from the healthcare sector. Usability testing was conducted in two phases with members of five hospital JHSCs before, during and after a committee meeting. RESULTS: Usability of the tool was scored high overall with an average of > 4 on a 5 point scale across twelve items. Downward adjustment of self-assessment scores was reported following JHSC meetings. CONCLUSION: Findings demonstrated that the tool was easy to use, effective in supporting discussion and in assisting participants in reaching consensus on rating a large number of JHSC characteristics. Am. J. Ind. Med. (c) 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc