NIOSH has published a workbook called “A practical starting point for employers, workers, labor representatives, and other professionals interested in implementing workplace safety and health programs aligned with the Total Worker Health approach.”
The book emphasizes a work environment that is free of hazards and uses a modern prevention approach that acknowledges that occupational factors can affect the well-being of employees, their families and their communities.
The new workbook, Fundamentals of Total Worker Health Approaches: Essential Elements for Advancing Worker Safety, Health, and Well-being outlines five “defining elements” of Total Worker Health:
- Show leadership commitment to worker safety and health at all of the organization’s levels.
- Organize systems to improve worker well-being.
- Promote and encourage worker engagement during program design and implementation.
- Keep worker information confidential and private.
- Plan work to mitigate or eliminate hazards and advance worker well-being.
Guidance, examples and links to other resources are included for each element.
NIOSH believes that the workbook will help employers determine if their current efforts reflect a Total Worker Health approach, identify steps for improvement and track their progress.