NIOSH program focuses on a proactive approach to employee safety

OSHA Healthcare Connection, November 27, 2012

Editor's note: The following questions were answered by Casey Chosewood, MD, manager of the Total Worker Health™ program at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It recently changed its name from WorkLife Program to more accurately portray its holistic and expansive approach to employee health.

Q: How did this program evolve into the Total Worker Health program?

A: At its core, [the] Total Worker Health program is attempting to integrate health protection activities, something safety and health programs have done for years, with additional ways to promote the overall health and well-being of workers. The health protection piece is what keeps workers at the same level of health every day that they arrive, but the health promotion program adds to their health throughout the day so they go home at the end of the day with even more health than when they arrived. And when you integrate those programs together you get tremendous synergy because the goal is healthier, safer, and happier people, and working on these simultaneously, you get the benefits of both.

Source: Excerpted from Briefings on Hospital Safety, January 2013.

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