Proposed National Total Worker Health Agenda; Draft Available for Public Comment

The United States National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office for Total Worker Health™ has proposed a National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) meant to stimulate innovative research, practical applications, policy guidance, and capacity-building of health protection and health promotion practitioners across the Nation. The draft agenda is available for public comment, until closing of the federal docket on 22 December 2014. Stakeholders are invited to provide input on the top priority research, practice, and policy issues to include in the Proposed National Total Worker Health™ Agenda to help improve integrated workplace practices, prevent worker injury and illness, and advance worker safety, health, and well-being. “A growing body of science supports the effectiveness of integrating health protection programs with health promotion programs in efforts to create workplace interventions that advance worker safety, health and well-being,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “A National Agenda with stakeholder input and support is imperative in moving forward with the Total Worker Health™ strategy.” The NIOSH Total Worker Health™ program is guided by the vision that both work-related factors and health factors beyond the workplace jointly contribute to many safety and health problems that confront today’s workers and their families. The Total Worker Health™ perspective is a broad-based, integrated approach and includes issues related to protecting the safety and health of workers in the work environment, preserving human resources through employment practices, and promoting health and well-being for individual workers. The Proposed National Total Worker Health™ Agenda includes four strategic goals:

  • Advance and conduct etiologic, surveillance, and intervention research that builds the evidence base for effectively integrating health protection and health promotion activities in the workplace.
  • Increase the awareness and adoption of effective, integrated occupational safety and health protection and health promotion activities in the workplace.
  • Create guidance for policies that promote integration of occupational safety and health protection and health promotion activities in the workplace.
  • Build professional capacity to strengthen the Total Worker Health™ workforce and Total Worker Health™ field to support the development, growth, and maintenance of integrated occupational safety and health protection and health promotion activities in the workplace.

 

The NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health™ encourages all comments, and specifically seeks to address the following questions:

 

  • Do you see your own organisation’s goals reflected in the Proposed National Total Worker Health™ Agenda?
  • What are the bridges between your own work and the Proposed National Total Worker Health™ Agenda?
  • Are there any missing components or gaps in the Proposed National Total Worker Health™ Agenda?

 

To view the Agenda and related materials, and to provide comment, please visit http://www.regulations.govExternal Web Site Icon and enter CDC-2014-0014 in the search field and click “Search.”

To learn more about the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health™ visit: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/TWH/.

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