Objective: To determine essential workers' ability and willingness to report to duty during a serious pandemic outbreak and to identify modifiable risk factors. Methods: Workers (N = 1103) from six essential workgroups completed an anonymous, cross-sectional survey. Results: Although a substantial proportion of participants reported that they would be able (80%), fewer would be willing (65%) to report to duty. Only 49% of participants would be both able and willing. Factors significantly associated with ability/willingness included individual-level (eg, intentions to adhere to respiratory protection and pandemic vaccination recommendations) and organizational-level factors (eg, preparedness planning for respiratory protection and worker vaccination programs). Conclusions: During a serious pandemic event, non-illness-related shortfalls among essential workers could be substantial. Organizational preparedness efforts should focus on worker protection programs and the development of policies that would facilitate the attendance of healthy workers.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|State||Published - Oct 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health