National Agenda launched to advance Total Worker Health

National Agenda launched to advance Total Worker Health

The National Occupational Research Agenda has been launched by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to advance Total Worker Health research, practice, policy, and capacity-building for the next ten years.

NORA is a forum which will stimulate innovative research and improve workplace practices.

“For almost 20 years, NORA has been the occupational safety and health research framework for NIOSH and the Nation,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “Now we add a National Agenda for Total Worker Health and thank all the stakeholders who contributed their ideas to the draft agenda.”

To completely integrate worker protection elements, the Total Worker Health (TWH) has been clearly defined as policies, programs, and practices integrating protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.

The Agenda has four specific goals based on more urgent needs in the emerging field of TWH.

  • Research : Conduct etiologic, surveillance and intervention research building support for how to effectively integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.
  • Practice : Strengthen implementation of evidence-based 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.
  • Policy – Increase policy adoption integrating protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.
  • Capacity- Building : build capacity to strengthen the TWH workforce and TWH field to support the development, growth, and maintenance of 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.

The Agenda’s intended audience include researchers, occupational safety and health practitioners, health promotion professionals, workers, employers, labor organizations, health care providers, educators, policymakers and others with interest in worker health and safety.