Stigma, Safety And Policies: Addressing Mental Health In The Workplace


  • May 18, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Presenter : Diane Rohlman, University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA 

Construction is one of the most hazardous industries, with high rates of fatal and non-fatal injuries. Work organizational factors such as irregular employment, lengthy commute times, long work hours, and employer policies all impact health and safety. Construction workers also have higher rates of alcohol use, smoking, and engage in other unhealthy behaviors. In addition, suicide rates in the construction industry are the second highest among all occupations. Behavioral health problems can lead to increased absenteeism, high turnover, lost productivity, and workplace injuries. Characterized by a “tough guy” culture, stigma can prevent individuals from seeking treatment. A leadership commitment to health and safety, workplace policies, and supervisor training can promote worker well-being on the construction site.