Fundamentals of Total Worker Health approaches : essential elements for advancing worker safety, health, and well-being
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Fundamentals of Total Worker Health approaches : essential elements for advancing worker safety, health, and well-being

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    Fundamentals of Total Worker Health Approaches is 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 (TWH) approach. The workbook focuses on five Defining Elements of TWH: Defining Element of TWH 1: Demonstrate leadership commitment to worker safety and health at all levels of the organization. Defining Element of TWH. 2: Design work to eliminate or reduce safety and health hazards and promote worker well-being. Defining Element of TWH. 3: Promote and support worker engagement throughout program design and implementation. Defining Element of TWH. 4: Ensure confidentiality and privacy of workers. Defining Element of TWH. 5: Integrate relevant systems to advance worker well-being. Descriptions of these Defining Elements of TWH include tips, examples, and links to other tools. Although not all suggestions apply to every organization, they are meant to help in these ways: 1. Determine what aspects of your current efforts embody a TWH approach. 2. Envision how you can help your organization enhance the safety, health, and well-being of the workforce. This workbook will help you develop new TWH initiatives or better align existing workplace interventions with the TWH approach. Because each workplace is unique and the experiences of the people who manage and work in them differ widely, this is not intended as a one-size-fits-all tool for program development. However, this workbook can be used to: 1. Provide a baseline "snapshot" of where your organization is on the path to TWH. 2. Identify initial steps to improve workforce safety, health, and well-being, in line with the TWH approach 3. Help you measure your organization's progress. This workbook offers a user-friendly entry point into TWH. It covers the highlights of a TWH approach ("Defining Elements of TWH") rather than all possibilities.

    Suggested citation: NIOSH [2016]. Fundamentals of total worker health approaches: essential elements for advancing worker safety, health, and well-being. By Lee MP, Hudson H, Richards R, Chang CC, Chosewood LC, Schill AL, on behalf of the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2017-112

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