Preventing injuries in the workplace is always the goal but how can that be accomplished given a workforce who is aging and has complex health issues along with work related injuries? The Total Worker Health model can be applied to any workplace and can help to refocus the efforts to reduce or prevent injuries. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines Total Worker Health (TWH) “ as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protections from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness-prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.” So what is the connection for OSH professional between work and health? According to NIOSH, “traditional occupational safety and health protection programs have primarily concentrated on ensuring that work is safe and that workers are protected from the harms that arise from the work itself. TWH builds on this approach by acknowledging that work influences health both in ways that have long been understood as well as ways that are more recently recognized.” For example, there are work-related risk factors for sleep disorders, cardiovascular disease, depression and obesity. The idea is to consider how the workplace environment can both reduce safety risks and enhance overall worker well-being. This session will offer specific examples from one medium sized company and two large companies that have been collected by NIOSH. Participants may then apply the concepts to their own workplace.
Identify the five elements of the Total Worker Health (TWH) model.
Describe three examples of how the model can be applied in a workplace.
MPH, RN, COHN-S, CET, CSP, FAAOHN,
Corporate Director of Health Safety & Wellness,
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