Worker Well-being Redefined, L. Casey Chosewood

Applied and Practical Approaches to Total Worker Health®

Total Worker Health® is a comprehensive strategy focused on improving the well-being of workers on and off the job. NIOSH defines it 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. The Total Worker Health (TWH) approach is a holistic one that advocates for the integration of all organizational efforts that contribute to worker safety, health, and well-being. Successful TWH interventions start by primarily targeting and improving the conditions of work. Employers and the jobs they create have strong influences on workers safety, health, and well-being, and can significantly impact both on-the-job risks and off-the-job opportunities for health.

This research-to-practice session will highlight concrete examples of successful TWH interventions in a variety of workplaces and industries, describe cases studies and promising practices, and provide fundamental steps employers can take today to design and implement programs for improved worker safety, health and well-being. The session will discuss a just-piloted new survey developed by NIOSH to gauge worker well-being outcomes. The session will end with an introduction to the TWH-inspired, new NIOSH cross-sector, dedicated to Healthy Work Design and Well-being, a novel component in the third decade of the US National Occupational Research Agenda.