Investment in workforce health: Exploring the implications for workforce safety climate and commitment

Kathryn Mearns, Lorraine Hope, Michael T Ford, Lois E Tetrick

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The relationship between investment in employee health and non-health outcomes has received little research attention. Drawing from social exchange and climate theory, the current study uses a multilevel approach to examine the implications of worksite health investment for worksite safety and health climate and employee safety compliance and commitment to the worksite. Data were collected from 1932 personnel working on 31 offshore installations operating in UK waters. Installation medics provided corporate workforce health investment details for 20 of these installations. The findings provide support for a strong link between health investment practices and worksite safety and health climate. The results also found a relationship between health investment practices and organizational commitment among employees. These results suggest that health investment practices are associated with committed workforces and climates that reflect a priority on health and safety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1445-1454
Number of pages10
JournalAccident Analysis & Prevention
Issue number5
Early online date9 Sept 2009
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


  • health investment
  • health climate
  • safety climate
  • organizational commitment
  • safety compliance


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