CDC Workplace Health Wellness Resource Center

What is Total Worker Health? Most employers want to keep their workers safe and healthy at work. However, they may not see how the job itself—the
characteristics of the work, how it is designed and completed each day–can also play an important part in their workers’ health, well-being, and performance. In 2011, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Total Worker Health (TWH) program to explore how work
can be better designed to both protect workers from harm on the job and enhance their overall health and well-being. CDC defines Total Worker Health as “policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.”1

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