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Promising Practices for Total Worker Health™


Quarterly we feature new Promising Practices for Total Worker Health™, which are examples of how employers from across the country and from a wide range of industries are taking steps to effectively integrate both health promotion and health protection in their workplaces. If your employer is proactively integrating health protection and health promotion to prevent injury and illness, please email us at twh@cdc.gov. Your employer’s practices could be featured as a Promising Practice for Total Worker Health™!

Disclaimer: The mention of organizations and commercial entities and products in this article is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent an endorsement by NIOSH, CDC or the US Department of Health and Human Services

Totally Engaged in Hearing Loss Prevention

Domtar and 3M were specifically recognized with a Safe-in-Sound Excellence Award™ for the comprehensive integration of their hearing loss prevention program beyond the traditional occupational work environment into recreational and community activities enjoyed by their workers, their families and their neighbors. These plants are leading examples of the effort toward “total worker hearing health” and each is investing in the hearing health of future employees. Both employers recognized the specific non-occupational noise exposures encountered by their workforce and took steps to provide training and hearing protection devices specific to the local sound hazards. read more

State Workers’ Compensation Program Taking a Lead on Workplace Wellness

In 2010, 25 to 29 percent of Ohio’s adult population was considered obese (body mass index equal to or greater than 30) and the largest percent of Ohio’s workforce was between the ages of 45 to 54. While these statistics are comparable to what is occurring nationwide, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OBWC) is leading the way for Total Worker Health™. Helping employers improve the health and wellness of their workers, as well as save money, OBWC established a Workers’ Compensation Workplace Wellness Grant Program in 2012. The program’s goal is to limit and control the escalating cost of workers’ compensation claims by helping employers develop health promotion programs for their employees. read more

A Culture of Health: A Key Driver for Lincoln Industries – A Successful High-Performance Manufacturing Organization

Lincoln Industries is a metal finishing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. Out of their 550 employees – who they prefer to call their “people” – about 2/3 of them spend their days involved in physically demanding tasks on the factory floor, requiring effort and repetitive motion. This is an environment which is typically prone to worker injuries. However, with some innovative new approaches to the total health of their people, Lincoln Industries has been able to have an impressive impact on their injury rates, their wellness statistics, and their bottom line…. Read more

Erickson Living Extends Care to Employees and Integrates Employee Health and Wellness

Erickson Living is a full spectrum retirement community with 16 campuses in 9 states. These communities offer everything from independent apartment living to complete nursing facility care – and provide special features such as wellness classes, exercise facilities, healthy dining options and access to a personal trainer for their residents. While Erickson Living community had long been known for helping residents reach their wellness potential, they recently figured out how to provide this same opportunity to their dedicated employees. Read more

BJC HealthCare, Help for Your Health

BJC HealthCare is a nonprofit health care organization that serves residents in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. Long known for providing excellent healthcare services to their patients, BJC’s leadership recognized a need to commit the same level of attention and care to their own employees’ health and wellbeing. In 2003, the company launched their "Help for Your Health" program to encourage employees to learn about and improve their health by reducing lifestyle-related risk factors. At the same time their occupational health and safety team refocused their efforts and took a proactive stance to prioritize the prevention and control of work related injuries and illness. Read more

For additional Case Reports relative to Health, Safety and Productivity Management Programs, see pages 109 – 172 in Research Compendium: The NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Program Seminal Papers.


 
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