Steps to a healthier U.S. workforce. Integrating occupational health and safety and worksite health promotion: state of the science.
Sorensen G; Barbeau E
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, 2012 May; :1-65
This paper presents the rationale and scientific evidence for coordinating and integrating worksite health promotion and occupational health and safety as a means of enhancing the effectiveness of efforts to promote and protect worker health. Commissioned by NIOSH for its 2004 Steps to a Healthier U.S. Workforce symposium, this paper is intended to stimulate discussion and improve communication between the fields of worksite health promotion and occupational safety and health. We describe the parameters of each approach and suggest common goals and areas to increase coordination, with special attention to the implications of a rapidly changing labor market on future research priorities. We present recommendations for future research, barriers to be overcome to advance knowledge in this area, and suggestions for creating additional opportunities for scientists from a broad range of disciplines to engage in integrated occupational health and safety/worksite health promotion research aimed at improving worker health.
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