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Total Worker Health

Government Program

Total Worker Health is a strategy integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion to prevent worker injury and illness and to advance health and well-being.

Today, emerging evidence recognizes that both work-related factors and health factors beyond the workplace jointly contribute to many health and safety problems that confront today’s workers and their families. Traditionally, workplace health and safety programs have been compartmentalized. Health protection programs have focused squarely on safety, reducing worker exposures to risk factors arising in the work environment itself. And most workplace health promotion programs have focused exclusively on lifestyle factors off-the-job that place workers at risk. A growing body of science supports the effectiveness of combining these efforts through workplace interventions that integrate health protection and health promotion programs.

In June 2011, NIOSH launched the Total Worker Health (TWH) Program as an evolution of the NIOSH Steps to a Healthier US. Workforce and the NIOSH WorkLife Initiatives, TWH is defined as a strategy integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion to prevent worker injury and illness and to advance worker health and well-being. The TWH Program supports the development and adoption of ground-breaking research and best practices of integrative approaches that address health risk from both the work environment (physical and organizational) and individual behavior. The original scientific rationale for expanding research on the benefits of integrated programs to improve worker health and workplace safety was published last year in a research compendium of three seminal papers on the science and practice of integrating health protection and health promotion, The NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Program: Seminal Research Papers 2012.

The "Issues Relevant to Total Worker Health" graphic below is an at-a-glance visual of issues relevant to integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion. The lists below are not meant to be exhaustive, but, rather they illustrate the breadth of issues related to work that have the potential to impact health and should be considered as strategies are developed for integration of health protection and health promotion activities.
Articles by Total Worker Health
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IN IT TOGETHER

Total Worker Health Affiliate Program

October 27, 2014, 12:00 PM
LET'S GET STARTED SERIES

Let's Get Started: Making the Business Case

October 20, 2014, 12:00 PM
GROWING YOUR WORKERS

Building Professional Development for Total Worker Health

August 25, 2014, 12:00 PM
GREATER CONNECTIONS

Inaugural Partners in Launch of Total Worker Health Affiliate Program

August 18, 2014, 11:00 AM
LEARNING TO LEARN

The Future of Integrated Practice and Education

August 11, 2014, 11:00 AM
NIOSH UPDATES

1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health

March 24, 2014, 09:00 AM
STELLAR HEALTH

How NASA is Living Total Worker Health

March 03, 2014, 11:00 AM
QUALIFIED QUALITY DATA

Making the Case for Health-Related Quality of Life

February 24, 2014, 11:00 AM
IT TAKES A VILLAGE

National Partnerships for Better Worker Health

January 27, 2014, 09:00 AM
STOP KICKING THE CAN

Overcoming Employee Apathy

January 21, 2014, 09:00 AM
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