What is Total Worker Health?

In this introductory video, Midwestern employers and national experts describe the Total Worker Health® approach and encourage viewers to integrate their safety and health programs to improve workers’ safety, health, and well-being at work and beyond.

NIOSH is dedicated at its very core to keeping workers safe and that’s an important cornerstone or foundation of the Total Worker Health® Program. We think the best organizations start there, keep their workers safe, and then invest in the health and well-being of their workers throughout the day so they that can go home at the end of the day with more health than when they arrived that morning.

—Casey Chosewood, Director of the Office of Total Worker Health, CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

It’s all just one big piece and not just work is work and home is home, it all kind of inter-relates… a total employee.

—Randy Westman, Human Resources Director, Johnson Machine Works

Related Resources

Interview with Dr. John Howard: Total Worker Health was first introduced in 2011, and the definition has since evolved. View this video to learn how the concept was initially conceptualized from an interview in 2012 with NIOSH Director, Dr. John Howard.

Total Worker Health Topics In-Depth: Supplementary video series where experts and small business industry leaders share their expertise, tips, and experiences on important topics related to Total Worker Health.

Web links
NIOSH Total Worker Health: Learn more about the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program and access a variety of supporting resources such as promising practices, implementation guidelines, research perspectives, and archived TWH in Action! eNewsletters and webinars.

Supporting Literature
NIOSH Total Worker Health Research Compendium: Reviews scientific literature and introduces research agenda parameters for improving worker health through integrated and coordinated efforts of occupational health and safety and worksite health promotion.

Total Worker Health Supplement: Proceedings from the 2012 Total Worker Health Symposium published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

NIOSHTIC-2: A searchable database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.

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