Industrial Hygiene and Total Worker Health™

Monday | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Emerging Issues, Special

Arranger/Moderator:  B. Dawson, DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE.

For several years, NIOSH has been promoting Total Worker Health™ (TWH), a strategy which integrates occupational safety and health protection with health promotion to prevent worker injury and illness and to advance health and well-being. Recognizing there’s not a “one size fits all�? approach to TWH, it’s important to understand that wellness programs in the absence of adequate workplace safety and health protection will not achieve the goals of TWH. Successful integration of health protection and health promotion requires an organizational framework with supporting programs, policies and practices to minimize and/or eliminate workplace physical, biological, and psychosocial hazards and risks, promote healthy behaviors, and provide resources for maintaining and optimizing a safe, healthy and productive workforce – both on and off the job. Historically, many of the presentations have focused mostly on the health promotion aspects of TWH. This session is intended to review the role of the industrial hygienist and suggest ideas about how IHs can get involved in TWH at their worksites.

Overview of Total Worker Health™ and the Role of the Industrial Hygienist
D. Montgomery, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR.

The Labor Perspective on Total Worker Health™
S. Schneider, Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America, Washington, DC.

The Challenges of Delivering an Integrated Workplace Safety and Smoking Cessation Intervention in Small Manufacturing Companies
L. Brosseau, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Striving to Attain a Healthy Workforce
B. Smisko, National Environmental, Health & Safety Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA.

Tips to Get Started
D. Montgomery, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR.