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Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

September 20, 2016


Oregon Healthy Workforce Center creates Total Worker Health toolkit

By Layla Mansfield, Project Manager, Safety & Health Improvement Program

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends a Total Worker Health approach for integrating prevention of worker injury and illness with promotion of health and well being. As part of this effort, NIOSH has funded six Centers of Excellence to research the concepts of Total Worker Health – one of which is the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC).

Since it began in 2011, the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) has developed programs using a Total Worker Health approach. The center has produced a number of toolkits that are available on OHWC's Toolkit Kiosk, which provides resources for organizations looking to implement Total Worker Health; the Safety & Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is part of the kiosk. SHIP was created to promote employee health, safety, and work-life balance by increasing supervisor support and team effectiveness. Research shows that employees who experience conflict between their work and personal life may also experience increased work stress and burnout, as well as physical and mental health problems.

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Nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occur annually, costing organizations more than $1 billion per week in direct workers' compensation alone.

  • Designed to address these specific organizational and employee outcomes, SHIP has demonstrated improvements in employee blood pressure, work-life balance, and overall team effectiveness.
  • After being validated in the construction industry, the SHIP toolkit has been systematically adapted for use in a variety of industries.
  • The SHIP toolkit is designed to allow organizations to download and implement the training without external support.

Visit the SHIP website to learn more about how SHIP can make an impact in your organization.



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