After more than 40 years of service with the Nebraska Safety Council, Laurie Klosterboer will soon retire from her position as executive director. We are delighted to announce that Lisa Henning, Director of WorkWell, will be stepping up to lead...
NIOSH's Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program is intended to provide users with access to reports from the investigation of workplace fatalities. Participating states inform NIOSH of occupational fatalities to carryout investigations on deaths associated with machinery, foreign-born workers, energy production, and falls in construction. Investigations conducted through the FACE program allow the identification of factors that contributed to these fatal injuries. This information is used to develop comprehensive Prevention through Design (PtD) recommendations to control or eliminate identified risks.
This information can be particularly beneficial to small businesses to design health and safety programs to prevent injuries from similar events.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Job Burnout Among Jail Officers
Jaegers, Lisa A., PhD; Matthieu, Monica M., PhD; Vaughn, Michael G., PhD; Werth, Paul, MS; Katz, Ian M., MS; Ahmad, Syed Omar, PhD
Objective: The aim of this study was to explore posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom prevalence and health characteristics among jail correctional officers, a generally understudied population of public safety workers.
Officers employed in jails, short-term correctional facilities with high resident turnover, work in conditions with high exposure to critical incidents and workplace stressors. Jail officers are at high risk for fatal and nonfatal inmate-to-staff and inmate-to-inmate violent incidents, including criminality, gang activity, contraband, manipulation, and rape that contribute to sustained periods of alertness or hypervigilance. Common organizational stressors include inadequate training, low staffing, overtime, poor leadership, and excessive punitive discipline. Although posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been highlighted among prison officers, little research has been undertaken among this more narrow population of jail correctional officers as a consequence of their particular work setting.
HWC Research Featured in New Total Worker Health Book
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