Safety & Health Improvement Program (SHIP)




The SHIP toolkit provides training for supervisors and managers,
as well as their employees be on the path to improving areas within
their work teams and throughout their organization. SHIP has 
been shown in research studies to:
  • Reduce stress and work-life conflict
  • Increase team communication and effectiveness
  • Improve employee health and safety
  • Enhancements in work processes and practices

Download our SHIP One Pager and SHIP Briefing Slides to share with your organization's leader

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.


“Employees were cautious at first, but now they are the ones asking supervisors if they can revisit the team effectiveness goals. They’re really enthusiastic.”


-Suzanne Kahn, Maintenance Director Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)

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Why Adopt SHIP?

National statistics report, more than

  • 40% of workers report that their job was very or extremely stressful

  • 25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives

  • Job stress was a greater concern to worker health than either financial or family problems

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics over 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries/illnesses occur annually, which cost employers $1 billion per week in workers' compensation, plus other associated costs such as:

  • Medical expenses

  • Legal services

  • Training replacement employees

  • Accident investigation

  • Lost productivity

  • Implementation of corrective measures


We developed SHIP to address these major organizational concerns and improve employee outcomes. Find out more about how we developed SHIP.

The SHIP toolkit was developed by Dr. Leslie Hammer PhD. Learn more about Leslie and her research at OHSU.

The Science Behind SHIP

Where did SHIP come from? Did you know that it came from a rigorously tested study? Learn the scientific story behind SHIP.

SHIP was designed to increase supervisor and peer support and decrease job strain, which plays a key role in safety compliance and improved physical and mental health. SHIP integrates a focus on both health protection and health promotion by addressing psychosocial factors that are shown to be related to safety (1), well-being (2), and organizational productivity.


The SHIP intervention study was a NIOSH-funded randomized controlled trial focusing on supervisors and their teams. SHIP aimed to increase employee support from supervisors, improve team communication, enhance team effectiveness, and reduce stress and work-family conflict.


The SHIP intervention was composed of:

  • One-hour training for supervisors 

  • Behavior-tracking that reinforced the training principles

  • Team-based planning and problem-solving that utilizes a modified version of WFD Consulting's Team Effectiveness Process

  • Follow-up sessions

The SHIP intervention was tested in the construction industry with a sample of 528 employees. We found that the intervention was effective at reducing worker blood pressure. Also, an adapted version of the SHIP toolkit was developed for the United States Forest Service called the STTEP (Supervisor Training and Team Education Program).


The intervention had the strongest effects among work crews that needed it most; those with poorer relationships with their supervisor and those with lower team cohesion, suggesting context matters. This Total WorkerHealth intervention targets the supervisor and workgroups and examines effects on work-life balance. Read more in the Journal of Work & Stress.


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

Download the latest SHIP intervention study publication.

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.


1. Hammer, L., Truxillo, D., Bodner, T., Rineer, J., Pytlovany, A., & Richman, A. (2015). Effects of a workplace intervention targeting psychosocial risk factors on safety and health outcomes: Psychosocial factors and workers health and safety [Special issue]. BioMed Research International, 1-12. doi: 10.1155/2015/8369672.


2. Hammer, L., Truxillo, D., Bodner, T., Pytlovany, A., Richman, A. & Rineer, J. (In preparation). LMX and Work-Family Intervention Effects.

3. Hammer, L. B., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T., Pytlovany, A., & Richman A. (2019). Exploration of the impact of organizational context on a workplace safety and health intervention. Work and Stress.

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