Subjects of Interest to Total Worker Health™
National Academies of Sciences Report on Older Workers: Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers
A comprehensive report on the aging workforce funded by NIOSH, NIA, and EPA--and conducted in 2004 by the National Research Council. Examines physical, psychological and social factors in aging workers and current knowledge about their health and safety needs.
Healthy Aging for a Sustainable Workforce
A 2009 conference report focusing on developments and progress since the 2004 National Research Council report on health and safety needs of older workers. This follow-up meeting was funded/supported by: SOEH, AOEC, CPWR, VA, and NIOSH.
NIOSH Age Awareness Training for Miners
A comprehensive approach to health and safety training developed by NIOSH researchers for both employees and supervisors in the mining industry. Many of the training materials and prevention ideas are relevant to other industries, as well.
Older Drivers in the Workplace: Crash Prevention for Employers and Workers
A two-page NIOSH fact sheet on older drivers with suggestions for prevention and an analysis of work-related crashes.
Safety and Health: A Guide to Managing an Aging Workforce
A practical guide developed by WORKSAFE Alberta that outlines how employers, managers, and supervisors can adapt workplaces, tools and procedures to deal with age-related changes.
Health and Safety Issues in an Aging Workforce
A research-based report from AARP that addresses work limitations, absence, and ways to boost worker well-being.
Growing Older in America: The Health and Retirement Study
A publication by the National Institute on Aging presenting a wide range of information on the health, safety, and employment activities of older Americans. Report is based on data from the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative survey of over 20,000 older adults.
Designing the Age-Friendly Workplace, University of Washington
A website that describes an innovative training program for both managers and employees on designing an “age-friendly” workplace, developed by the University of Washington, with support from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.
The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College
A website on aging and work that promotes quality of employment and workplace flexibility as an imperative for the 21st century multi-generational workforce.
NIOSH Science Blog: Safer and Healthier at Any Age: Strategies for an Aging Workforce
Medscape Article: When It Comes to Work, How Old Is Too Old?
Find out how you can help your older -- but still working -- patients stay on the job.
CDC Topic: Arthritis
TWH™ Exclusive Article: Privacy and Security of Employees’ Health Data in the Era of Electronic Health Records
Diabetesatwork.org Provides resources for businesses looking into worksite wellness programs focusing on diabetes. Includes access to a diabetes cost calculator, information encouraging businesses to invest in these programs and steps to take to begin a diabetes wellness program. Also includes success stories of businesses and government offices that have implemented diabetes wellness programs.
Information from the American Diabetes Association about ways to increase diabetes awareness in the workplace, as well as a link to a guide about how to implement a multi-pronged workplace diabetes program.
Economics and Cost Effectiveness
Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders
TWH™ Exclusive Article: Ergonomics: Fitting the Job for Total Worker Health™
NIOSH Science Blog: Joint Pain in the Workplace
NIOSH Topic: Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Health Status Reports by Industry
Series of NIOSH reports developed to describe the prevalence of disability and morbidity among current workers within eight sectors. Survey data from the years 1997–2007 were used to describe the five aspects of worker’s health, including (1) health status, (2) physical activity limitations or disability, (3) prevalent chronic conditions (cancer, hypertension, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and severe psychological distress); (4) access to and use of health care services; and (5) health risk factors or behaviors. The report was developed as a descriptive resource to supplement ongoing research, and guide occupational health research and research-to-practice activities within industry.
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
- Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector
- Construction Sector
- Manufacturing Sector
- Mining Sector
- Services Sector
- Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Sector
- Wholesale Retail Trade Sector
NIOSH Topic: Workplace Violence
Organization of Work
NIOSH Science Blog: NIOSH Takes a Stand
NIOSH Science Blog: VHA’s Success for Increasing Movement at Work
Return to Work - Veterans
NIOSH Medscape Article: Mission Critical: Getting Vets With PTSD Back to Work
Sleep and Fatigue
TWH™ Exclusive Article: Can Enough Zzzz’s Prevent Disease?
NIOSH Science Blog: Sleep, Pain and Hospital Workers
NIOSH Science Blog: NIOSH Research on Work Schedules and Work-related Sleep Loss
NIOSH Science Blog: Sleep and Work
NIOSH Medscape Article: Running on Empty: Fatigue and Healthcare Professionals
Personal and patient safety are threatened by sleepiness and fatigue in healthcare workers. What can be done to reverse this trend?
Radio Podcast: Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue http://www.breakthroughresults.org/Talk_Radio___Podcast.html
TWH™ Exclusive Article: The light bulb moment: first conversation about TWH™
TWH™ Exclusive Article: Policy Considerations for Lowering Stress in the Workplace
NIOSH Medscape Article: Alleviating Job Stress in Nurses
Stress seems to come with the practice of nursing, but the consequences are too serious to ignore.
NIOSH Topic: Work-Related Stress
An Employer’s Guide to Workplace Substance Abuse: Strategies and Treatment Recommendations [PDF - 522.96 MB] A guide for employers that offers practical solutions for addressing substance abuse in the workplace. Includes information about policy change, insurance plans, and education in the workplace.
NIOSH Topic: Tobacco Smoke in the Workplace
CDC Worksite Health Promotion Topic: Tobacco Cessation in the Workplace
CDC Healthier Worksite Topic: Implementing a Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative in Your Workplace
Provides guidance for implementing a tobacco-free campus initiative that includes both policy and comprehensive smoking cessation services employees. Information is based on the CDC's experience creating the Tobacco Free Health and Human Services initiative.
The National Business Group on Health website entitled "Tobacco: The Business of Quitting". Provides information about tobacco and helps employers establish quit policies and practices at the worksite.
A manual [PDF - 406.17 KB] developed by Professional Assisted Cessation Therapy to encourage professionals in all disciplinary areas to promote smoking cessation. Provides information about implementing policies, working with health insurance companies, and deciding on an overall approach to smoking cessation.
NIOSH Topic: Work Schedules
Workplace Health Promotion
CDC Topic: Workplace Health Promotion
Workplace Obesity Prevention
TWH™ Exclusive Article: Employer Support for Work Family Balance Reduces Health and Safety Risk
NIOSH Topic: Young Workers
NIOSH Science Blogs: http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/category/young-workers/
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