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3 Steps to Total Worker Health
Are you interesting in protecting the health of your employees?
Would you like to improve your bottom line and save money?

Total Worker Health programs, policies, and practices can provide the boost your organization and its people need to thrive. The Total Worker Health (TWH) approach integrates protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. The following three simple steps will help you get started with TWH initiatives today.
  • Take time to review the Fundamentals of Total Worker Health Approaches.  
  • Complete a Self-Assessment of Defining Elements of Total Worker Health.
    • Defining Element of TWH 1: Demonstrate leadership commitment to worker safety and health at all levels of the organization.
    • Defining Element of TWH 2: Design work to eliminate or reduce safety and health hazards and promote worker well-being.
    • Defining Element of TWH 3: Promote and support worker engagement throughout program design and implementation.
    • Defining Element of TWH 4: Ensure confidentiality and privacy of workers.
    • Defining Element of TWH 5: Integrate relevant systems to advance worker well-being.
  • Utilize the Action Plan worksheet to take the next steps in implementing TWH.
These NIOSH resources will help employers modify existing interventions and develop new initiatives aligned with the TWH approach. The Self-Assessment provides a baseline, helping employers understand where their organization currently stands on the continuum of TWH integration. The Fundamentals workbook provides steps that can be taken to begin improving the safety, health, and well-being of the workforce. Finally, the Action Plan will help employers outline their next steps and measure progress going forward. 

Continue reading more about implementing Total Worker Health.
Hawkeye of Safety
Thank you to all who attended this year's Hawkeye on Safety on September 20! Keynote speakers, Brad and Dolores Gardner stunned the audience with their harrowing story of a workplace incident. Regional exhibitors and presenters provided education and resources to the workers, supervisors, leaders, and safety professionals in attendance. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year's Hawkeye on Safety on October 11, 2018 in Coralville, IA.
NE Governor's Wellness Award Winners
Last month, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced this year’s recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award.  A total of 54 Nebraska employers representing 34 communities are being honored for offering evidence-based worksite wellness programs for their employees.
“The businesses recognized today are putting people first and are making the workplace a healthy environment,” Governor Ricketts said. “Worksite wellness provides an opportunity for Nebraskans to live healthy lives, improve quality of life, and help grow a healthier Nebraska for the next generation.”

“Employees clearly benefit from worksite wellness programs and recent health-related outcomes have been significant,” said Judy Martin, Deputy Director of Community and Environmental Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  “In this past year, award recipients increased the percentage of people meeting Surgeon General Guidelines for Physical Activity by more than 16 percent, reduced tobacco use by almost 9 percent, and decreased overweight/obesity by nearly 3 percent. Great work also continues to manage stress and improve culture within these organizations.”
This year marks the 10th year recognizing businesses that dedicate leadership, resources, and time to wellness efforts in the workplace.  The application process is designed to recognize businesses that have planted and nurtured the seed for wellness within their organization.  Each applicant must provide information in the areas of leadership, data collection, intervention strategies, policy/environment support, and evaluation of outcomes.
The Governor’s Wellness Award has two categories.  The Sower Award recognizes workplaces that have established quality wellness programs; the Grower Award honors businesses and organizations demonstrating significant improvement in employee health behaviors. Including this year’s winners, 383 total awards have been distributed across the state.
Congratulations to the 2017 Nebraska Governor's
Wellness Award winners!
Awards will be presented to this year’s winners at four separate award ceremonies during the coming months.  The award ceremonies were scheduled in Gering on September 21, Kearney on September 28, Lincoln on October 11, and Omaha on November 7.
Nebraska employers can apply for the Governor’s Wellness Award online at  Awards are presented annually and are good for three years.
The award program is a partnership of the Governor’s Office, DHHS, and the Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell.  For employers interested in starting a wellness program or enhancing an existing one, contact WorkWell to be directed to a wellness council in your area: (402) 483-2511 ext. 109.
St. Louis Ally Now Affiliate
The HWC is proud to announce that the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition,
a Center Pilot Project Grant recipient, has recently been accepted as a
NIOSH Total Worker Health Affiliate

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Oct 25-27 Understanding Small Enterprises
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