Tool is best in the hands of an OHN

If your employer turns to the Environmental Assessment Tool (EAT) to find out how wellness-friendly its worksites are, you should be a key player.

You are the best person to determine how to apply the EAT to the worksite, according to Heather Bowen, MS, RD, LD, research coordinator for The Workplace Health Group at the University of Georgia in Athens.

"The occupational health professional is familiar with the company's work environment, as well as the company's health risks," says Bowen. "Therefore, they can lead the initial piloting or preliminary work to fine-tune the tool before using it in a given work setting."

You know the key site partners to involve, not only for using the EAT, but also addressing opportunities identified in the audit, says Karen Tully, global health promotion leader at The Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, MI.

"Occupational health professionals have a direct influence on the site environment and employees," says Tully. "They also have the unique opportunity for ongoing education and follow up with employees, to ensure that healthy behaviors are sustained."