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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:

  • What are the most pressing issues related to Total Worker Health?
  • If you attended the conference, what was the main message you took away from the meeting?  What would you like to see at future conferences?

In addition, on October 8-10, 2014, NIOSH was one of eight federal sponsors of the Healthier Federal Workers Conference. Over 130 individuals from more than 40 agencies attended the third Healthier Federal Workers conference that incorporated sessions with themes related to Total Worker Health. We have also seen lively conference discussions on Twitter (search #HFW2014). To keep the momentum going from this conference, we ask readers: What is the most pressing health challenge facing the federal workforce?

Given that there was such as wealth of information presented at these conferences and much more research being conducted, we have decided to post a series of blogs on Total Worker Health. Please provide your input on the questions posed in this blog in the comment section below and watch for upcoming posts on Total Worker Health issues.

For more highlights related to both conferences, see the Director’s Desk in the November issue of NIOSH eNews, coming soon!

Heidi Hudson, MPH and  Michelle Lee, BA, CWWS

LCDR Hudson is a US Public Health Service Officer and the Coordinator for Research Translation and Communication in the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health.

Ms. Lee is a Public Health Associate in the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health with a focus in Research Translation and Communication.

 

 

Thank You Truck Drivers!

Categories: Total Worker Health, Transportation

truck3When you eat lettuce from California or purchase a new couch, consider how these goods got to your local grocery store or home. Nearly 2 million heavy or tractor-trailer truck drivers cross the nation every year to bring us the goods we are used to finding on our store shelves or to deliver our online purchases [BLS 2012]. In honor of Truck Driver Appreciation Week (September 14-20), we want to thank all truck drivers for their hard work and dedication.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, 2014

Categories: Construction, Emergency Response/Public Sector, Lead, Smoking, Total Worker Health

On Workers’ Memorial Day we acknowledge the toll that work-related hazards and exposures have taken on American workers, their families, and communities. Each year, NIOSH collaborates with the staff of CDC’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR) to publish the most recent annual statistics, NIOSH analyses of occupational illness and injuries, and investigations of occupational hazards. Here are some of the key findings from this year’s Workers Memorial Day issue of MMWR.

Fatal and Nonfatal Occupational Ladder Fall Injuries—United States, 2011

Each year on Workers’ Memorial Day, we are reminded that preventable traumatic injuries continue to claim workers’ lives and health. Fall injuries remain a leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries to workers. Using data from three occupational injury surveillance systems (CFOI, SOII,NEISS-WORK) Christina Socias, DrPH and colleagues described ladder fall injuries among U.S. workers.

Workers Memorial Day 2014

Categories: Emergency Response/Public Sector, Nanotechnology, Observances, Total Worker Health

Workers Memorial Day, April 28, reminds us that every death, injury, or illness on the job represents a human tragedy.  Behind each statistic is the loss of a loved one’s life, the diminution or loss of a father’s or mother’s ability to provide for family needs, or a medical crisis that can have lifelong consequences.

Workers Memorial Day has been observed in the U.S. since 1989.  In those 25 years, which span the end of one century and the beginning of another, many things have changed in our society.  New generations of men and women have entered the workforce.  New industries have emerged.  New technologies and demographic trends have transformed the economy.

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