NIOSH National Total Worker Health Agenda

The 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 2011, NIOSH renamed its efforts focused on the integration of occupational safety and health protection and health promotion from WorkLife to the Total Worker Health® Program.

In addition to continuing support for the extramural Centers of Excellence, NIOSH committed to further developing its Total Worker Health (TWH) intramural research program.

In 2014, NIOSH created the Office for Total Worker Health Coordination and Research Support (TWH Office) to coordinate and advance these extramural and intramural efforts and, in 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the phrase “Total Worker Health” as an official registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.