The NIOSH Total Worker Health™ program: an overview

J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Dec;55(12 Suppl):S8-11. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000037.


Objective: The objective of this article was to provide an overview of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health™ (TWH™) Program that was launched by the institute in 2011.

Methods: This article describes the TWH™ concept, relevant issues, and the NIOSH Program. Examples of the concept are provided.

Results: Total Worker Health™ is a strategy integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion to prevent worker injury and illness and to advance health and well-being.

Conclusions: The NIOSH TWH™ Program responds to demands for information and practical solutions to the health, safety, and well-being challenges that workers and their employers face. It also addresses issues related to the nation's need to sustain a globally competitive workforce.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Health Promotion* / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S.*
  • Occupational Health*
  • United States