Get Started with Total Worker Health
Adopting a Total Worker Health® (TWH) approach in your organization means a continued commitment to improving workplace safety, health, and well-being in addition to reducing chronic illnesses, workplace stress, and the burden of occupational injury. To begin, we recommend reviewing NIOSH’s Fundamentals of Total Worker Health® Approaches: Essential Elements for Advancing Worker Safety, Health and Well-Being. Featuring five fundamental elements of TWH, this document provides the rationale behind a TWH approach while offering first steps, practical examples, and worksheets that will guide your effort.
NIOSH identifies five elements that are crucial to bring TWH to your workplace:
- Demonstrate leadership commitment to safety and health at all levels within your organization.
- Design work that is inherently geared toward preventing occupational hazards and promoting employee well-being.
- Engage workers throughout the process of identifying, designing, and implementing a program to address occupational health, safety, and well-being needs.
- Maintain confidentiality of workers to ensure utmost privacy and protection against discrimination.
- Integrate policy, environmental, organizational, and social concerns to tackle employee safety, health, and well-being (e.g., coordinate joint meetings of safety committees, occupational health staff, human resources, and wellness committees).
As a NIOSH Center of Excellence, the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center develops and tests interventions for Total Worker Health. Our 2011-2016 funding cycle culminated in four evidence-based toolkits, available through our new website, YourWorkpath. We have created a matrix, based on NIOSH’s List of Issues Relevant to Advancing TWH, to guide you in selecting the toolkit best suited to your needs:
For more information on TWH or resources to help bolster TWH efforts in your organization, visit our our tools and toolkit website at www.yourworkpath.com.