Pet dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs can be seen in workplaces with increasing frequency. Although dogs may provide many benefits to employees and employers, their presence may introduce additional hazards and concerns to the work environment. Therefore, decisions to accept dogs in the workplace may include many considerations including the health, safety, and well-being of employees, legal and cultural sensitivities, and animal welfare. This presentation serves to introduce the issue of dogs in the workplace and outline the potential benefits and challenges to their presence. More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Dr. Anne Foreman
Associate Service Fellow Health Effects Laboratory Division National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Anne Foreman is a behavioral scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown, WV, USA. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from West Virginia University. She has conducted research on the effects of service dogs on workplace stress among veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and the perceptions of the health and safety risks of therapy dogs in the workplace. Her other research interests include decision making, behavioral economics, and observational learning.