Background

The Washington State Janitorial Workload study is a new four-year research project in the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program, to identify risk factors that put janitors in Washington State at high risk for work-related injuries. This study includes a multi-disciplinary team of researchers.

 The SHARP program was tasked by the Washington State Legislature to identify workload issues that may be amenable to change, which can reduce the risk of injury. Our goal is to find out from janitor, labor, and business safety leaders what issues, tools, and tasks are the most hazardous, and recommend ways to reduce these risks.

Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Partnership

Pacific Market Research was hired by SHARP to conduct a survey with janitors and custodians across the state, to learn about the work janitors do.

For more information on this study please visit:   http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Research/Projects/Janitorial/default.asp

Why is this research taking place?

Our goal is to identify ways to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses to janitors and custodians, in an effort to create safer and healthier working conditions. We would like to talk to at least 1,000 janitors to learn about their experiences.

 The survey is voluntary and confidential. Neither Pacific Market Research nor SHARP will reveal survey answers to anyone. Anyone who chooses to take part, may can skip questions that they do not want to answer or stop the survey at any time.

 What you should know about participating

Decisions workers make about participating in any parts of the study won’t affect any legal case or workers’ compensation claim they may have. No janitor is required to take part – all study participation is voluntary. The Washington State Institutional Review Board (WSIRB) oversees this study to make sure that the rights of people who take part are protected. You can call at 1.800.583.8488, if you have any concerns about this study (study number 2019-13).

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·  Email JanitorStudy@lni.wa.gov
· Call 1-888-667-4277, press 2 for Janitor Workload Study