TOOLKIT

Be Super!

TOOLS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

 

Construction workers in the United States are 3 to 5 times more likely to be injured or killed on the job compared to workers in other industries. The "Be Super!" toolkit is an evidence-based program designed to help organizations improve safety, health, and well-being by educating supervisors on effective supervision, safety practices, and healthy lifestyles.

Be Super! is now available in an easy-to-use toolkit designed with safety managers, team leads, HR personnel, and you in mind.

Below you will learn how to implement this toolkit in your construction company, get access to user guides, data management tools, and educational materials (in English and Spanish). In addition, find links to our computer-based training (fee to access the training) and instructional videos that will help you improve the safety, health, and well-being of your organization.​

Download BeSuper!'s one pager to share with your organization. 

Learn more on how your organization can participate in YourWorkpath Program​ to access the training program at no cost for up to 200 employees.

 

*Our toolkits are continually going through improvements and changes to provide your organization with updated and relevant content. Our toolkits were last reviewed and updated on January, 2020.

 

 

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ONLINE SUPERVISOR TRAINING

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BEHAVIOR TRACKING

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MEASURABLE

EVALUATION

GET HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE CARDS

"The Wellness program was split into categories which we met weekly to discuss. These meetings were short yet informative. The cards we reviewed were educational and brought up good discussion topics for the group to talk over. I believe that breaking the program down into these roughly half an hour meetings allowed our group to participate while not taking a large portion of the workday. It was interesting to discuss these topics with my coworkers and it carried into our discussions throughout the day."

- Erin Slusser, InLine Commercial Construction

 

“I participated in the program because my employer started the program. The program met my expectations. The program was unique because it was all new. I have never been in a program like this. What I particularly liked about the program was the group discussions. As a whole, I would say the program was good and useful. Yes, I would recommend this program to other companies.”

- Jeffrey Herman, General Sheet Metal

 

“I participated in the program to be more aware of my health and habits. The program was fun and had interesting facts. The program was unique in the way you can make changes in your lifestyle to help your health and longevity. I liked the program because of the weekly activities, good pace, it wasn't overwhelming, and [provided] useful information. Yes, I would recommend this program to others who work for GSM to make a stronger healthier workforce.”

- Anonymous

BE SUPER TOOLKIT STEPS

1. ONLINE SUPERVISOR TRAINING


The BeSuper online supervisor training is an essential aspect of BeSuper! and outlines the importance of supervisor support in improving employee health and safety. This online training covers specific aareas to support behavior change.

  • Importance of communication and positive interactions between construction industry supervisors and employees
  • Tools for supervisors to support employee work practices in both safety and health promotion
  • Strategies to help create a culture of health, safety and well-being in the workplace
Components of the BeSuper! toolkit are free except for an annual license for the online training and the Get Healthier Education Cards. Contact us for education & non-profit discounts. Our trainings are developed and housed within Northwest Education Training & Assessment (NwETA). Access and purchase the interactive online-based training through NwETA* Supervisor online training licensing cost: $25 per user Puchase Online Training - English Purchase Online Training - Spanish *We provide government, non-profit and educational opportunities. Customization and branding options available. Please contact us for more information or participate in YourWorkpath Program to gain access to the SHIP toolkit for up to 200 employees in your organization. *The computer-based training link above will take you to a website external to OHSU. NwETA, LLC is the company that collaborates with OHSU in the offering of the trainings in these tools and toolkits. OHSU has a financial interest in this company and Dr. Anger, who is the Associate Director for Applied Research for Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, is the company’s President. If you would like more information about this, please contact the OHSU Integrity Department at (503) 494-8849 or integrity@ohsu.edu.




2. SUPERVISOR BEHAVIOR TRACKING


The Behavior Tracking activity is designed to improve the transfer of trained behaviors following the Supervisor Training. This activity involves using a: notecard, log, journal or phone app to set goals and track supportive behaviors. Behavior tracking will take between 3 to 5 minutes per day. The tracking cards include a daily positive interaction card and a weekly graphing sheet to track your supervisors progress. We have a Spanish versions available. There are mobile based-behavior tracking apps available in the Apple Store and Google Play. Here are some examples:

  • Upkeep
  • Momentum
  • Habit-Bull




3. GET HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE CARDS AND TAKE HOME ACTIVITIES


Get Healthier’ Lifestyle education cards can help support workplaces interested in improving employee health and well-being. These cards are scripted peer led team discussions that cover a variety of health and wellness topics. The Get Healthier Lifestyle cards teach employees how to live healthier lifestyles by working in small groups or teams. How do I implement the cards in my workplace? Groups of 3-7 employees meet for about 30 minutes weekly to discuss each card or topic. Include an additional 10 minutes if surveys are collected to determine how much is learned. Employees take turns leading topic discussions and typically rotate each week. Also included, there are "Take Home Activities" that help employees set-goals to get healthier both inside and outside of the workplace. An updated version of the card will be available September 2020 for both English and Spanish. To purchase the Get Healthier Cards from the BeSuper toolkit, visit the Get Healthier Lifestyle Cards page.




4. MEASURABLES AND EVALUATION COMPONENTS


For organizations interested in evaluating how much progress from pre-program to post-program (as well as at 6-month and 12-month follow-up measurements) they are making in the areas of safety, health, and well-being, we have developed the following tools from our evidence-based intervention programs:

  • Surveys: Implement a pre-program, post-program, and 'Get Healthier Knowledge' survey. Use a survey developed by your organization or c ontact Us to receive a unique survey tool.
  • Automated Data Management Spreadsheet & Report Form: Feel like a research pro with our pre-programmed spreadsheet and report forms. Learn how to enter raw data and interpret the results without breaking a sweat.





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Click the download button to register or sign in for your free user guide download. Updated user guide, now available! We collect registrations for reporting purposes only. Your information will never be used for marketing or sold to a third-party. 

Why Adopt Be Super?

U.S. construction workers are 3-5 times more likely to experience work-related fatal and non-fatal injuries compared with the all-industry average.

U.S. construction workers have higher BMI, blood pressure, and obesity rates than the average adult American male.

Construction companies are working hard to improve the safety of their workers.

Total Worker Health provides an evidence-based and integrated approach to improving the safety, health, and well-being of construction workers.

The BeSuper toolkit was developed by Dr. Kent Anger, PhD. Learn more about Kent Anger, and his research at OHSU.

​NwETA, LLC is the company that collaborates with OHSU in the offering of the trainings in these toolkits. OHSU has a financial interest in this company and Dr. Anger, who is the Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center at OHSU, is the company's President. If you would like more information about this, please contact the OHSU Integrity Department at (503) 494-8849 or integrity@ohsu.edu.

The Science Behind Be Super

The Be Super! toolkit that you are about to implement within your organization was developed by a team of researchers with decades of experience. Our researchers' expertise in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data is yours to benefit from in this toolkit.

  • The supervisor training evolved from research with Latino supervisors (Austin et al., 2007).

  • The concept of the Get Healthier Lifestyle Education cards was based on successful team delivered healthy lifestyle education (e.g., Olson et al., 2015) and information on healthy living from CDC and other nationally-recognized sources.

  • The HabiTrak practice component was based on successful use in other industries (Olson et al., 2015).

  • Take-Home Activities are designed to facilitate behavior practice

Our program was tested with 35 construction workers across four commercial construction companies. We found important improvements in safety, health, and well-being (Anger et al., 2018). The BeSuper toolkit is currently being adapted in the agricultural industry (funded by PNASH).

 

Funding for BeSuper! was provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH; grant: U19OH010154).

Have questions? We're here to help.​

Contact us for more information and guidance on how we can help your organization be safe, healthy and well.

The mission of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is to improve the well-being of workers through Total Worker Health® research, dissemination, outreach, and, education. We are housed within the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU

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