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Taking a Total Worker Health® approach can help your organization create and sustain a culture that supports overall worker well-being.

What Is Total Worker Health?

Total Worker Health® (TWH) is a safety management philosophy that blends the policies, programs and practices of a traditional safety management system with promotion of more focused individual injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. It is a holistic, organization-wide approach to worker well-being.

Understanding and applying TWH principles can help your organization move from a compliance focus to a risk-based approach to safety management. These principles help you consider not only the physical work environment, but also the physical and mental preparedness of workers to successfully cope with hazards they may encounter. The resources provided here will help you better understand and use TWH to prevent injuries and illnesses in your organization while also improving overall worker well-being.

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Total Worker Health Tools

There are a wide range of practical, evidence-based tools available to help you incorporate TWH into your safety management system. We’ve created basic, intermediate and advanced categories to help you identify which tools are most useful based on your current knowledge and program needs.

Basic Tools: Understanding TWH

Intermediate Tools: Using the TWH Framework in My Workplace

Advanced Tools: Toolkits, Model Policies and Evaluation Strategies

Resources for safety professionals seeking more detailed guidance, example/model programs and mentoring on how to implement Total Worker Health in their workplace.

Toolkits and Programs

Policies and Program Effectiveness Evaluation

Behavioral Health

General Worker Health

NIOSH Centers of Excellence in Total Worker Health

Total Worker Health® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Participation by ASSP does not imply endorsement by HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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