The Conference Board of Canada and the Public Services Health and Safety Association developed an Occupational Stress Injury Resiliency tool to understand risks and prevention strategies for occupational stress injuries.
When 620 workers in Canada—primarily first responders—were assessed with the Public Services Health and Safety Association’s Occupational Stress Injury Resiliency (OSIR) tool, it underscored important mental health, physical health, and workplace outcomes.
Assessing the Risk: The Occupational Stress Injury Resiliency Tool presents the deployment of the OSIR tool and how first responders fared at a singular point in time. Those who reported higher OSIR scores felt more motivated and had stronger mental and physical health than those with lower scores. First responders who reported lower OSIR scores were more likely to be absent from work, show up to work unwell, and cope with substances than those with higher scores.
Preliminary findings highlight the potential value of the OSIR tool for employers to understand risks for occupational stress injuries and identify preventative approaches that can be used to support positive mental health outcomes.