NIOSH Issues Its National Total Worker Health Agenda

NIOSH total worker health agendaThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced its publication of a National Agenda on Total Worker Health.

This Agenda is meant to stimulate innovative research, practical applications, policy guidance, and capacity-building of Total Worker Health practitioners to improve workplace practices as they relate to Total Worker Health.

Total Worker Health is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.

In 2003, NIOSH started the Steps to a Healthier U.S. Workforce Initiative to explore the benefits of integrating the protection of workers from work-related safety and health hazards with efforts to promote health and prevent disease.

One of the important outcomes of this initiative was the 2004 Steps to a Healthier U.S. Workforce Symposium that received overwhelming support from the stakeholder community [Schill and Chosewood 2013].

Building on this enthusiastic support, the “Steps” Initiative developed into the WorkLife Initiative and a second highly successful symposium was convened in 2007.