Through a community-based pilot project grant funded by the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition (BHC) recently created and released the Total Worker Health® Employer Guide. It includes Total Worker Health (TWH) education and resources for employers to address topics including workplace hazards, interpersonal relationships, the organization of work, professional development, and more. The guide was debuted during the BHC Spring Forum where TWH topics were presented to over 150 business and wellness leaders. Initial feedback on the employer guide has been positive, with two-thirds of surveyed attendees indicating that they are likely or very likely to implement TWH approaches in their workplace or client’s workplace.
“Over the last several decades, employers have seen an unprecedented shift in the way in which work tasks and teams are organized due to changes in technology, the economy, and generational expectations,” says Lauren Schulte, Senior Manager of Wellness Services for the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition. “As organizations look for strategies to help employees thrive in the modern work environment, Total Worker Health® research will continue to provide the scientific support and actionable resources necessary to advance well-being on-the-job.”
Topics discussed in the Employer Guide include:
Modern safety and occupational hazards
Employee autonomy and decision-making on the job
Social and team relationships in the workplace
Professional development, rewards, and employee recognition
Indoor environment, building, and workspace design
The modern workplace presents new hazards for workers that have been previously neglected in typical occupational safety & health programs. In order to address these hazards of the work environment, employers must assess both psychosocial and physical risks that contribute to the health and wellbeing of workers. This new, straight-forward guide is a must read for anyone in management, human resources, or part of the safety/wellness team.
A New Look at the Way We Work:
Nonstandard Work Arrangements and Their Impacts on Worker Safety and Health
On June 28th, in collaboration with the NORA Healthy Work Design and Well-being Cross-Sector Program and the University of Illinois-Chicago Center for Healthy Work, the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series will feature a expert panel of speakers discussing the concept of nonstandard work arrangements. This FREE webinar will focus on explaining what is considered a ‘nonstandard work arrangement,’ health impacts of such work, and potential interventions and solutions consistent with a Total Worker Health approach.
Dr. Pana-Cryan is the Director of the Economic Research and Support Office in the NIOSH Office of the Director, and co-manages the new Healthy Work Design and Well-being Cross-Sector Program. She joined NIOSH in 1996 as a Prevention Effectiveness Fellow. Her current interests include applying standardized methods to assess the broad impact of worker injury and illness to workers and their families, employers, and society and improving the understanding of the impact of economic factors on the incidence and severity of worker injury and illness. Rene received a BS in Plant Science from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, a BS in Accounting and Finance from Deree College, Greece, and an MS and PhD in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida.
Sherry Baron, MD, MPH
Sherry Baron, MD, MPH is an occupational physician and researcher and is a professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the City University of New York, Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment. She was the principal investigator for a collaborating center of the CDC-funded Workplace Health Research Network. Her research focuses on documenting health and safety exposures and developing intervention programs for low-wage and immigrant workers in New York City. Up until 2014, she was the coordinator for the Occupational Health Disparities program at NIOSH and served on the internal NIOSH TWH working group.
Lisa Brosseau, ScD, CIH
Dr. Lisa Brosseau holds doctoral and masters degrees in industrial hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she directs the Illinois Education and Research Center and the Center for Healthy Work. Her research interests include respiratory protection with a particular focus in healthcare settings and the design and delivery of workplace health and safety interventions in small businesses. She is an assistant editor for the BOHS Annals of Work Exposures and Health, on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, and past chair of the ACGIH Board of Directors and TLVs for Chemical Substances Committee.
June 20, 2017 ~ 11am-12pm
CEOs and Safety:
How Top Organizational Leaders Influence Well-Being
Join NIOSH Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS) for a FREE webinar on Tuesday, June 20, 11am-12pm, in which featured speakers will summarize recent research findings related to how CEO behavior influences front-line worker physical and psychological well-being.
Dr. Sean Tucker is an occupational health and safety researcher at the University of Regina. He recently co-authored an article published in the Journal of Applied Psychology entitled ‘Safety in the C-suite: How CEO’s influence organizational safety climate and employee injuries.’ Dr. Tucker provides injury prevention consulting and research support to the Saskatchewan and Manitoba workers’ compensation boards. He also engages in safety-related consulting projects with public and private sector organizations.
Phillip has been with the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board since 2005. He was appointed Vice-President of Prevention & Employer Services in 2012. Prior to starting with the WCB, Phillip worked for the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada and the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association. He serves on the Disability & Prevention Committee and the Standards and Research Committee International Association of Industrial Accidents Boards & Commissions (IAIABC). He is a Director of the Saskatchewan Safety Council Board and on the Board of Governors for the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety. Phillip holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta and holds a professional designation from the Canadian Registered Safety Professional.
The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest (HWCMW) is one of six Total Worker Health® Centers of Excellence funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Our mission is to improve the health of workers in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas, as well as nationally, through integrated health promotion and health protection research, collaboration, and dissemination of successful interventions.