Website survey method for assessing higher education employee health and safety programs

Maayan S. Malomet, Philip Harber

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Objective: The higher education industry in the United States is large (almost four million employees and 19 million students) with diverse hazards. Methods: We apply a novel health services research approach to systematically assess a sample of 55 institutional websites. The accessibility, content, and coverage of occupational health/safety program information were systematically coded for several domains (eg, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-related, specific hazards, clinical, personoriented, COVID-19, and coverage). Results: Information was more available for programs related to OSHA mandates (eg, chemical hygiene) and specific hazards than for person-oriented programs (eg, counseling). Larger institutions provide better information and more comprehensive programs than smaller institutions. Conclusions: Higher education institutions warrant increasing attention to occupational health and safety, particularly as COVID-19 increased attention to workplace health issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Health services research
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Postsecondary education
  • Web methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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