NIOSH launches new website to promote lifelong worker well-being

Advances concept of productive aging

Posted October 16, 2015

On October 13 NIOSH launched the National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW). The new virtual center, the first to be hosted by the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health, will focus on the safety of workers of all ages, promote their lifelong well-being, and advance the concept of productive aging.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, one in four American workers will be over the age of 55, many of them with no plans to retire any time soon. The mission of NCPAW is to develop a research plan for improving the safety and health of workers of all ages, facilitate collaboration among researchers and partners, develop new interventions, and highlight best practices for creating aging-friendly workplaces. Additionally, the center will help NIOSH advance national policies related to aging-friendly work and further important collaborations with other federal agencies, academic institutions, and stakeholders.

The center will also advance the concept of productive aging — providing a safe and healthy work environment for all workers, and creating conditions that allow workers to function optimally and thrive from their first day on any job until the last day before full retirement. It also recognizes the benefits that accrue to organizations as they retain the institutional knowledge and extensive skills of long-term, older workers.

NIOSH’s Office for Total Worker Health supports approaches to worker safety, health, and well-being that integrate occupational safety and health protection with workplace policies, programs, and practices that promote health and prevent disease.

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