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Aging Workforce

Healthy Aging at Work
A NIOSH Topic page that includes a broad overview of safety and health outcomes associated with aging and work; simple, actionable strategies for promoting an age-friendly workplace; and additional resources for a safe and healthy workforce across the life span.

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

Breast Feeding

Toolkit for setting up a comprehensive lactation support program for nursing mothers at the worksite.

Excerpt of CDC "Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions" that focuses on the workplace.

Excerpt of National Business Group on Health manual on workplace wellness that identifies three case-studies of successful breastfeeding initiatives.

Data Management

TWH® Exclusive Article: Privacy and Security of Employees’ Health Data in the Era of Electronic Health Records

Diabetes 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

TWH® Exclusive Article: Measuring Cost Effectiveness of Total Worker Health Programs: Making the Case for Health-Related Quality of Life

Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders

TWH® Exclusive Article: Ergonomics: Fitting the Job for Total Worker Health®

NIOSH Science Blog: Joint Pain in the Workplace

General Guidance on Establishing an Ergonomics Program

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.

Occupational Violence

NIOSH Topic: Workplace Violence

Organization of Work

Organization of Work: Measurement Tools for Research and Practice

Physical Activity

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

Small Businesses

TWH® Exclusive Article: Integrated Safety and Health for Small Businesses

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

Substance Abuse

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.


TWH® Exclusive Article: Total Worker Health® and Global Sustainability: What’s the Link?


NIOSH Workplace Solutions: Using Total Worker Health® Concepts to Enhance Workplace Tobacco Prevention and Control
Worksite health promotion programs designed to improve worker health, such as those that help workers stop or reduce tobacco use, have traditionally focused on individual factors and not taken work-related exposures and hazards into account.

TWH® Exclusive Article: Impact of Work Factors on Obesity, Cancer Screening, and Smoking Cessation: Recent Findings from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey Occupational Health Supplement

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.

CDC Office on Smoking and Health resources for people interesting in quitting smoking.

A good resource from CDC for pregnant women who smoke

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 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.

Work Schedules

NIOSH Topic: Work Schedules

Workplace Health Promotion

CDC Topic: Workplace Health Promotion

Workplace Obesity Prevention

CDC Lean Works!

Work-Family Balance

TWH® Exclusive Article: Employer Support for Work Family Balance Reduces Health and Safety Risk

Young Workers

NIOSH Topic: Young Workers

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  • Page last reviewed: November 6, 2015
  • Page last updated: November 6, 2015
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