NIOSH Launches New Center to Promote Worker Safety

WASHINGTON – The National Institute for Occupational Saftey and Health (NIOSH) has announced the launch of the National Center for Productive Aging and Work.

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.

The Center’s mission 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.