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Examining the value of integrating occupational health and safety and health promotion programs in the workplace. An update of a report first released in 2004. Update: September 2011.

Research compendium: the NIOSH Total Worker Health (TM) Program: seminal research papers 2012. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-146, Contract 211-2004-M-09393, 2012 May; :66-173
This paper examines the role of worker health as a key contributing factor to increases in workplace productivity, and the emergence of organizational practices that support the integration of occupational health, safety, and productivity management programs. It explores answers to the following questions: 1. What is the context for examining the relationship between worker health, safety, and productivity gains? 2. Can a business case be developed for introducing and maintaining an integrated model of health, safety, and productivity management? Is it feasible to advocate for a coordinated approach to worker health at a time when the overall business imperative is focused on cost cutting? 3. What have employers done to advance employee health, safety, and productivity efforts? 4. What methods are used to measure and monitor health, safety, and productivity outcomes in the workplace? 5. Is there evidence that improvements in the health and well-being of workers can achieve economic benefits? 6. What can be learned from successful efforts at integrating health, safety, and productivity management initiatives in American businesses? 7. What is needed to promote research and fill critical knowledge gaps, to disseminate information about what is already known in this field, and to identify and reinforce successful practices?
Employee-health; Worker-health; Safety-research; Health-protection; Health-programs; Safety-programs; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupations; Injury-prevention; Disease-prevention; Accident-prevention; Total-Worker-Health
Ron Z. Goetzel, Ph.D., Vice President, Consulting and Applied Research, Thomson Reuters, 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008
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Contract-211-2004-M-09393; B08012012
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Research compendium: the NIOSH Total Worker Health (TM) Program: seminal research papers 2012