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Tobacco in the Workplace

Categories: Smoking, Total Worker Health

 

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More than half a century has passed since the first Surgeon General’s Report on the health consequences of smoking. Over that 50-year period, cigarette smoking in the U.S. has declined by more than 50% among all U.S. adults. However, tobacco use continues to be the most frequent cause of preventable death and is responsible for about 480,000 premature deaths annually in the U.S. More than 16 million U.S. adults live with a disease caused by smoking. CDC’s “Winnable Battle” of reducing tobacco use targets this important public health problem.

To help address occupational aspects of this important health issue, NIOSH has issued the Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) “Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury through Workplace Tobacco Policies.” The CIB provides contemporary recommendations based on the Total Worker HealthTM philosophy of optimizing workers’ health and well-being by augmenting interventions to protect against occupational injury and disease with other beneficial public health interventions.

Work-family Conflict, Sleep, and the Heart

Categories: Cardiovascular Disease, Healthcare, Sleep, Total Worker Health

 

nursesleepHealth care workers represent an increasingly important and ever growing work force in our society. They are also a group of “high-risk workers” meaning they report a lot of musculoskeletal pain, work-related injuries and sleep deficiencies. In addition to this, many health care workers labor in rotating shifts, with little time in-between shifts, so it is no surprise that many of these workers also report scheduling difficulties between work and family. A large study on nurses from 2006 reported that they are concerned about their lack of time and energy when prioritizing family responsibilities and friends outside the workplace. Perhaps exacerbating this concern are increasing demands from a strained economy, the increasing number of single parents in the US, and the fact that health care workers often report working additional jobs – restricting this time even further.

Intervening for Work Stress: Work-life Stress and Total Worker Health Approaches

Categories: Stress, Total Worker Health

 

The NIOSH Office for Total Worker HealthTM recently launched a series of posts discussing total worker health (TWH) issues on the NIOSH Science Blog. As part of this series, we will summarize select TWH webinars and allow those who couldn’t participate in the original broadcast an opportunity to correspond with the presenters. Below you will find our first webinar summary.

On August 19, 2014, the NIOSH Office for Total Worker HealthTM and the NIOSH Work Organization and Stress-Related Disorders Research Program co-hosted Dr. Dan Ganster (Senior Associate Dean for Administration for the College of Business at Colorado State University) and Dr. Leslie Hammer (Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Director of the Occupational Health Psychology program at Portland State University and Associate Director of the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center) in a special presentation of the NIOSH Total Worker HealthTM Webinar Series that discussed workplace stress and work-stress interventions.

Keeping the Momentum Going for Total Worker Health

Categories: Total Worker Health

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Earlier this month NIOSH hosted the  1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker HealthTM together with 17 other partners. The symposium was a tremendous success. The over 350 attendees were able to learn from the perspectives of over 100 presenters from within the United States and other countries representing nonprofit, private, government, and academic institutions, including the four NIOSH-funded Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce. We have seen lively post-conference discussions on other social networking sites (search #TWH2014 on Twitter and NIOSH Total Worker Health group on LinkedIn) and wanted to extend the conversation to our blog readers by asking the following questions:

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