Work-life balance affects safety: study

February 22, 2012

Athens, GA – A worker’s perception of safety and how the organization treats work-life balance may have an effect on injuries, indicates research from the University of Georgia.

Using data from the 2002 General Social Survey and NIOSH Quality of Worklife module, researchers assessed factors such as participation, work-family interference, management-employee relations, job content and safety climate among 1,525 respondents.

They found that an organization run in an effective manner with minimal interference between job and family life could lead to a 38 percent reduction in injuries, while high interference had the opposite effect. Likewise, a worker having a positive perception of safety climate was associated with a 32 percent decrease in injuries, according to a UGA press release.

The study was published online Jan. 21 and will appear in the March issue of the Journal of Safety Research, which is published by the National Safety Council.