Telecommuting Safety & Health Benefits Institute (TSHBI)
OUR MISSION: to identify telecommuting as a means of saving lives, reducing injuries, and improving health to enhance the quality of life for people everywhere.
 

WEBSITE SPONSORS:
 
Gil Gordon Associates provides space to archive our webpages at his telecommuting website .
 
Kare Anderson, founder of Say it Better! and co-founder of The Compelling Communications Group, has also provided support.
   
 

Telecommute Work Option Poll

If your employer offered you the opportunity to telecommute, would you:

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BACKGROUND
 
-About TSHBI (click here).
 
-Paper on Safety & Health Benefits of Telecommuting (click here)
 
-Original paper that first presented Safety & Health Benefits of telecommuting (click here).
 
-Draft formulation of worker and public telecommuting protection equation (click here). ~220,000 people may be spared death or injury each year.
 

FUTURE SAFETY & HEALTH BENEFITS OF TELECOMMUTING FOR SELECTED WORKERS
 
-Disabled Workers (click here)
-Nurses (Telenursing) (click here)
-Students / Teachers / Administrators
via Telelearning / Distance Education (click here)
 
Other areas that could be pursued in the future: 
 
-Pioneers in Space (Telepioneering)
-Doctors / Patients (Telemedicine)
-Legislators and Staff (Telelegislation)
-Hazardous Material Workers (Telerobotics)
-Future miners (Telemining)
-Future court system: judges, lawyers, defendants, plaintiffs, staff (Telejustice)
-Military Personnel (Teledefense)
-Law Enforcement (Telepolicing)
 

WAYS PEOPLE OF THE WORLD HELP SPREAD THE WORD...
 
-Click here for things you can do to help spread the word.
 
-Action for future government leaders (click here) to promote safety and health benefits of telecommuting.
 
 

"THOUGHT WORTHY"
   
 
"...the true mark of a humane society must be what it does about prevention of accident injuries, not the cleaning up of them afterward."
 

-Ralph Nader

 


ARCHIVES
 
-Previous "Thoughts" (click here)
 
-Personal Accounts from real people who's safety and health have been affected, because of commuting (deaths, shootings, violence, roads and rages, illnesses, diseases, family concerns, protecting homes and kids, and other unjust events of our life due to unnecessary commutes to be presented here... (click here) .
 
-Click here for sample of articles written by Rick Johnson and published in Telecommute Magazine's "Safe & Sound" column as well as other telework media.
 
Highlights

WHAT'S HERE At this site we advocated the safety and health benefits of telecommuting. In 1997 Rick Johnson, an engineer with 26 years experience in nuclear safety, had the notion that "telecommuting saves lives and improves health." And using the Internet he began informing employees and employers around the world of his new idea. Unfortunately, Rick had to suspend his work in 1999, after dedicating nearly two years of full time volunteer effort to the cause, but his website will remain active as a resource for anyone interested in his unique safety and health perspective. (For Rick's farewell message click here...)
 

TELECOMMUTING HELPS PEOPLE As you know, your employer really cares about people, and he/she greatly values your safety and health. So even if they don't already allow it, eventually your boss will let you or your coworkers telecommute. Once they learn about the safety and health reasons for telecommuting they'll probably want to take steps to protect their workers as well as the public. People everywhere are beginning to realize that the more people telecommuting, the more people protected.
 
To determine the safety and health benefits of telecommuting you simply need to think about all the hazards associated with "unnecessary commutes". Unnecessary commutes are those made to and from a worksite, when the work could just as easily be performed without leaving your own home. It doesn't take rocket science to figure out what an unnecessary commute is, does it? All you need to do is look around and think about what you are trying to accomplish at your job and determine if you could accomplish the same work sitting at a desk in your own home.
 
A primary effort of TSHBI was to encourage your employer to allow you to be home, working in a familiar place where you are better able to control your own safety and health. Employers who allow telecommuting are practicing safety and health, not just preaching it. They truly care. They reduce the health and safety risks to workers they allow to telecommute. As a major bonus, they also reduce the health and safety risks to all the remaining commuters who then travel to and from work on less-congested streets and highways. It's very easy for your employer to encourage telecommuting today, and it's the right and proper thing for them to do (please read our letter to US State of Colorado Governor (click here) for more details).
 

US STATE LEADERS EXPRESSED SUPPORT. At least nineteen US States responded (click here) when we informed government leaders that telecommuting represents a previously undiscovered way to save lives, prevent injuries, and improve health. We urged state governments to establish local "public awareness" campaigns encouraging employers to allow more telecommuting. See our letter to Colorado Governor Romer (click here) and letter to California Energy Commission (click here) for examples of our message. Other governments and organizations were contacted, too, including the CDC, DOE, DOL, DOT, NII, NHTSA, OSHA, as well as the EU and the UN.
 

FREE NEWSLETTER PROVIDED. We launched a newsletter to provide periodic information about newly-discovered benefits of telecommuting. This "e-zine" was intended to provide an organized, interesting, and upbeat way to present new perspectives about telecommuting. We have several thousands of people on our mailing list. This e-zine was provided to employees, employers, parents, students, teachers, schools, governments, health organizations, transportation and highway safety groups, union and labor leaders, institutes of higher education, news media, nurses, doctors, lawyers, human resource and occupational organizations, public safety and health agencies, human rights organizations, rural telecommunication advocacy interest groups, school security organizations, distance education and telelearning groups, as well as people interested in telemedicine telenursing and any other organizations interested in telecommuting news and ideas. (NOTE: the distribution has stopped due to lack of funds, but you can read the first issue by clicking here. To subscribe send a BLANK email to: perspectives-subscribe@topica.com. We'll still add your address to our mailing list, but it may be awhile before a future issue is available.)
 

USDOE LAB MAY ENCOURAGE TELEWORK. We asked management at a major Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory operated by the University of California to consider the safety and health benefits of telecommuting and encourage employees to telework. An article in the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper (click here) finds that Lab employees felt unsafe about commuting. We believe this employer may someday (hopefully soon) end the unnecessary risk of death and injury to workers and the public, and make use of modern telecommunications technology that now allows effective telecommuting. Every day that goes by without an official telecommuting work option in place at that facility means another day an unnecessary death or disabling injury could have been prevented. When they fully implement telework, future managers of this laboratory will be doing the right thing for their employees and will once again demonstrate "Science Serving Society."
 
 

LINKS TO OTHER RESOURCES Click here to find international resources for telework information (compliments of Gil Gordon Associates).
 
 

TSHBI WEB SITE AWARDS:
Links2Go "Key Resource" for Nov 1998
StudyWeb "Academic Excellence" Award for Mar 1998 
Mining Company "BEST OF THE NET" Feb 1998 Notice of the telecommuting Award (click here)
USA Today "HOT SITE" for Nov 23, 1997
 

Last updated: April 3, 2000 (rpj).