Why Total Worker Health?

Employers describe how Total Worker Health translates into healthier and happier workers who are less likely to get injured and be more productive and engaged with their work, thus providing employers and their families with better return and value on their investments.

Healthier employees are having fewer injuries, fewer healthcare claims and are able to stay on the job and produce better.

—Tonya Vyhlidal, WorkWell Program Director, Nebraska Safety Council

It is not as easy as buying a new piece of equipment that’s more efficient, where you have a very direct line of sight to the benefits. It’s a little more intangible, but the savings are there from a financial standpoint, and more importantly from a human standpoint.

—Mark Smith, Director of Manufacturing, ALMACO

Related Resources

Supporting Literature
ACOEM Guidance Statement: Makes the case for integrating health protection and health promotion programs and advancing the premise that a healthier workforce will be a safer workforce and a safer workforce will be a healthier workforce.

Effectiveness of Total Worker Health Interventions: Publication identified Total Worker Health programs provide a return on investment from $2.05 to $4.61 per dollar invested.

Perspectives on Total Worker Health: Select publications from the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program that are considered foundational for establishing the scientific rationale of integrated safety, health and well-being programs.

Presentation Slides
Maximizing the Value of Better Safety, Health and Well-being: Making the Case for the NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Approach: Presented by L. Casey Chosewood, Director of the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health™, 17th Annual Occupational Health Symposium, April 16, 2015

Web Links
Top Reasons to Create a New Pathway for a Safer and Healthier Workforce: Infographic and slides developed by the NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Program

Making the Business Case: Evidence compiled by the NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Program to demonstrate the benefits of an integrated approach to worker health, safety and well-being.

Cost Calculators for Employers
Alcohol Treatment: Calculator estimates what employers can potentially save in healthcare costs when employees have access to screening and brief intervention (SBI) treatment programs. Calculator developed by the George Washington University Medical Center.

Smoking Cessation Programs: Information for making the business case and ROI calculator to estimate service delivery costs and future financial savings of different types of smoking cessation interventions developed by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

Total Worker Health Tips from Small Employers: Industry leaders from small businesses in Iowa and Nebraska share their perspectives and experiences with investing in a Total Worker Health® approach.

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.

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