Workbook emphasizes organizational-level interventions in Total Worker Health®

NIOSH promotes hazard-free workplaces

Posted December 29, 2016

Total Worker Health® (TWH), as defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), means the "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."

To assist employers, workers, and other professionals in applying workplace safety and health programs, NIOSH and its TWH program released a workbook titled "Fundamentals of Total Worker Health® Approaches: Essential Elements for Advancing Worker Safety, Health, and Well-being." The workbook can help organizations identify and address job-related factors that could contribute to health problems, such as hours of work, workload, stress levels, interactions with coworkers, and unhealthful work environments.

NIOSH says the workbook prioritizes a hazard-free workplace for all workers, and applies a modern prevention approach that recognizes job-related factors can impact the well-being of workers, their families, and their communities.

In addition to providing examples of TWH approaches, the NIOSH workbook also features a new conceptual model, the Hierarchy of Controls Applied to NIOSH Total Worker Health®. According to NIOSH, the expanded model serves to illustrate how TWH approaches emphasize organizational-level interventions to protect workers' safety, health, and well-being.

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