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Find relevant articles, guides and tools to help develop and support a healthier safer and more productive workforce. Topics and resources have been selected and curated to add additional information related to our research priorities, especially Total Worker Health.
Organizational Topic Page
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health
- American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Total Worker Health
- The Work and Family Researchers Network
- Oregon Total Worker Health Alliance
The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (including the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center), Oregon OSHA and SAIF Corporation signed the first state-wide Alliance in 2017. Visit this site to learn more about the Alliance and current activities.
TWH Research Partners
- Oregon Healthy Workforce Center
- Center for Health, Work & Environment (Colorado School of Public Health)
- CPH-NEW (Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace)
- Work, Health, and Well-Being (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
- Healthier Workforce Center of the MIdwest
- Center for Healthy Work (University of Illinois-Chicago)
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health Research/Publications
Workplace Programs and Kits
- Programs from the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center on YourWorkPath
This includes the following toolkits: SHIP, PUSH, COMPASS and BeSuper
- Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Affiliated programs toolkits
This includes Oregon MESH, Behavioral Health for Military Leaders, SHIFT, MHAT, Peer Influence & Attitudes
Total Worker Health: Total Worker Health Practitioner Toolkit from NIOSH
This site serves as a guide for practitioners for creating or expanding organizational cultures of safety, health and well-being.
Healthy Workplace Participatory Program (from CPH-NEW)
Healthy Workplaces (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)
Healthy workers, thriving companies - a practical guide to wellbeing at work (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Scorecards & Calculators
- Quality of Worklife Questionnaire (NIOSH)
- HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard
- Indicators of Integration (Center for Work, Health, & Well-Being)
- CDC National Healthy Worksite Health and Safety Climate Survey (INPUTS™)
- NIOSH TWH Planning, Assessment, and Evaluation Resources
- Health Risk Calculator (Center for Health, Work & Environment)
- Strengthening Jobsite Safety Climate by Using and Improving Leading Indicators (CPWR)
- Workplace Health Scorecard (CDC)
Best Practice Examples
- Promising Practices for Total Worker Health (from NIOSH)
- Promising the Best Practices in Total Worker Health: Workshop Summary (December 2013)
- What Could Total Worker Health® Look Like in Small Enterprises (September 2018)
- Total Worker Health Toolkits from Oregon Healthy Workforce Center
- Wellness case studies from American Heart Association
- Older Drivers in the Workplace: How Employers and Workers Can Prevent Crashes
This fact sheet gives employers and workers information on age-related physical and mental changes that may affect older workers’ driving.
Healthy Aging for Workers, Anticipating the Needs of an Increasingly Aging Workforce, National Labor College, Silver Spring MD, February 17-18, 2009
This page provides access to video highlights and presentations from the February 2009 Aging Workforce in Silver Spring, MD.
Designing the Age Friend Workplace
The University of Washington and the Department of Labor & Industries have developed a workshop to help Washington State employers, unions, and organizations prepare for the aging workforce.
NIOSH National Center for Productive Aging and Work
The National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW) seeks to advance lifelong well-being for workers of all ages and supports productive aging across the working life. NCPAW is hosted by the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health®.
Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services
The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA), as amended (42 U.S.C.A. § 3001 et seq.). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. The Act also empowers the federal government to distribute funds to the states for supportive services for individuals over the age of 60.
The Sloan Center on Aging and Work
To promote quality and choice of paid and unpaid work across the lifespan, with a particular focus on older adults. Through research studies, collaborations with organizations and business leaders, and engagement with an interdisciplinary network of scholars and practitioners, we bridge the worlds of research and practice.
Institute on Aging, Portland State University
Dedicated to enhancing understanding of aging and facilitating opportunities for elders, families, and communities to thrive.
NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topics: Healthy Aging at Work
This topic page addresses challenges and strategies in workplace safety and health respective to aging workers.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Aging Workers
This issue of OSH Answers addresses issues related to aging workers, such as specific health and safety concerns, what physical changes occur, and more.
- OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Health Hazards in Nail Salons
This web page gives important information about these hazards and the steps that nail salon workers and employers can take to prevent injuries and illnesses.
- Colorado nail salon workers face chronic air pollution, elevated cancer risk
Colorado nail salon employees face increased health risks due to high levels of indoor airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene, new CU Boulder research finds, concluding that working in a salon is akin to working at an oil refinery or an auto garage.
A Movement for Safer Nail Salons
Advocates are pushing nail salons to use safer products and for more transparency about the chemicals within them.
Healthy Nail Salons: work in Oregon
This page has been developed to house the previously developed brochures and resources pertaining to nail salon health and safety by the Oregon Collaborative for Healthy Nail Salons, Oregon OSHA and then CROET (now the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences).
Evaluating Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems for Use in Nail Salons: Final Report
The goal of this study was to evaluate four local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems to determine their effectiveness at eliminating acetone vapor and dust from the breathing zone of nail salon technicians and their clients.
Guidance on Becoming a "Greener " Nail Salon (PDF)
A green nail salon is an emerging business model that respects workers, customers, owners and the community. “Green” is a catch phrase for being environmentally aware, but also responsive to emerging science and business sustainability.
Identifying Health and Safety Concerns in Southeast Asian Immigrant Nail Salon Workers
The objective of the study was to gather information about the hazards in nail salons along with safety practices and health concerns of nail salon workers within Portland, OR nail salon workers. This study was a pilot study funded by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (previously CROET).
Hair Products and Dyes
Hair Dyes And Straighteners Linked To Higher Cancer Risk, Especially For Black Women
New research raises concern about the safety of permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners, especially among African American women. The study was published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer.
NIOSH Science Blog: Hair, Formaldehyde, and Industrial Hygiene
This NOSH Science Blog discusses current status and recommendations for the use of formaldehyde-containing hair smoothing products in salons.
Keratin Based Smoothing Products and the Presence of Formaldehyde (Oregon OSHA & CROET at OHSU) (PDF)
This report addresses issues related to the use of formaldehyde containing hair straighteners in salons. Issued October 29, 2010.
Emerging Issues and Alerts Salon Hair Product
This page, provided by Occupational Health Sciences (then CROET), addresses response to a local hair salon health concern. Most updates are historical.
Hair Salons: Facts about Formaldehyde in Hair Products
OSHA and many other federal, state, and non-U.S. government agencies have taken action to address the emerging problem of formaldehyde exposure from hair smoothing products. Some have issued warnings about the products' hazards, and other agencies have identified and acted on violations of labeling rules by manufacturers of hair smoothing products.
Hairdressing: Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety (PDF)
This chapter on safety and health precautions for hairdressers comes from an online book from www.heinemann.co.uk/snvq2hair.
Dangerous beauty: Salon worker health is in the spotlight
This article summarizing recent events related to salon safety and health was written by Sarah Trotto and appeared in the September 27, 2015 issue of Safety and Health Magazine.
Work-Related Asthma - Asthma Action Plan
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario notes hairdressers are more likely to develop occupational asthma than many other workers. In addition,many countries have documented an increased risk of work-related asthma for hairdressers and nail technicians.
Cosmetology Safety and Health for Teachers
This website aims to provide pertinent and current safety and health information, resources and tools for Cosmetology teachers and their students, who will be young adult professionals working in salons after their educational program and successful completion of the licensing exam (theoretical and practical components). Relevant program pathways within the career area/cluster of Human Services-Cosmetology include: hair styling, barbering, nail care and skin care.
- Federal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Topic Page
Access safety and health topic pages from OSHA.
- NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health)
Access all key topic pages from NIOSH.
- Medline Plus: Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Occupational health topics.
- American Psychological Association
- American Society of Safety Professionals
- American Industrial Hygiene Association
- American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
- International Labour Organization (ILO) safety and health
Areas of work in occupational safety and health from ILO.
- WorkSafe BC Topic Pages
Search for workplace safety and health information sorts by categories and industries.
- Health and Safety Executive Guidance
Guidance for the workforce from the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Executive.
- European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
EU-OSHA is the European Union information agency for occupational safety and health.
Oregon and Pacific Northwest
- Oregon OSHA
Access help, common resources, education and training and more for Oregon employers and employees.
- Washington Department of Labor and Industries
Access safety and health information, resources and technical assistance for Washington employers and employees.
- Labor Education and Research Center (LERC)
The Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon has made the resources and expertise of the higher education system available to workers, unions, policy makers, and community partners.
- Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety at University of Washington
This Center offers financial support to graduate students preparing for careers in occupational health and safety, and continuing education for practitioners in the field.
- Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition
The mission of O[yes] is to Prevent injuries and illnesses to young workers through outreach, advocacy, and sharing of resources with young workers, educators, employers, parents, and labor organizations.
These Are the Most Sleep-deprived Professions in America (2019)
In this online article posted by MarketWatch, the findings are ‘disconcerting,’ the authors wrote, ‘because many of these occupations are related to population health, well-being, and safety services’
Waking up to the Risks of Workplace Fatigue (2019)
This article, from the National Safety Council's Safety + Health online magazine, shares more than 1 in 10 injuries on the job may be linked to insufficient sleep, experts say.
NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topics: Work Schedules, Shift Schedules and Long Hours
Both shift work and long work hours have been associated with health and safety risks. This page provides links to NIOSH publications and other resources that address demanding work schedules.
The National Sleep Foundation presents: Sleep Topics
The National Sleep Foundation provides information on sleep including aging, ADHD, Alzheimer's Disease and much more.
- Health & Safety Executive: Managing shift work: Health and safety guidance
A general study document, it provides a proactive management solution applicable to most workplaces operating shift patterns.
- How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?
This information on factors relating to sleep needs is provided by the National Sleep Foundation.
This education site provides information on Healthy Sleep, Getting Sleep and Treating Apnea.
Complimentary CIRCADIAN® White Paper: The Advantages & Disadvantages of 12-Hour Shifts: A Balanced Perspective
This free white paper by Circadian equires completion of an online form to access.
- Guide on Shift Work
This Guide from the Health and Safety Executive, UK, aims to draw the attention of employers and employees to the importance of shift arrangements involving overnight shifts.
NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours
The purpose of this online training program is to educate nurses and their managers about the health and safety risks associated with shift work, long work hours, and related workplace fatigue issues and relay strategies in the workplace and in the nurse’s personal life to reduce these risks.
- Sleep research from the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Scroll down to Sleep Research to access current research from Institute sleep researchers including lab pages for Charles Allen Lab, Nicole Bowles Lab, Steve Shea Lab, Butler Clock Physiology Lab, Andrew McHill Lab, Steven Shea Lab, and Saurabh Thosar Lab.
- Sleep: A Health Imperative (2013)
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society have developed this statement to communicate to national health stakeholders the current knowledge which ties sufficient sleep and circadian alignment in adults to health.
- Epigenetics and Sleep (2019)
Epigenetics, a new, sometimes called ‘revolutionary’ discipline, helps us describe how our body changes through the years and under the influence of many internal and external factors, as well as our own choices.
- Sleep and Dopamine (2019)
This resource describes the role of dopamine as related to sleep, and including tips to sleep better.
National Institutes of Health National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
National Institutes of Health National Center on Sleep Disorders Research.
Talks with Tips
Be Super: Tools for construction workers from Oregon Healthy Workforce Center
Be Super! is now available in an easy-to-use toolkit designed with safety managers, team leads, HR personnel, and you in mind.
Health Impacts Safety (meeting guides)
Health Impacts Safety toolbox and safety meeting no-cost guides have been developed to support organizations integrating workplace safety, health, wellness and well-being.
- Oregon FACE Toolbox Talk Guides
These toolbox talk guides have been created to address hazards that have led to fatalities in Oregon in construction, logging and other industries.
Handouts & Toolbox Talks for Construction
Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) maintains a large collection of toolbox talks. Below are 52 of our newest topics, one for each week of the year
SAIF Safety and Health Talks
These short one-page trainings can be used at safety meetings, toolbox or tailgate talks, or whenever you want to briefly cover a safety topic. Each training includes activities to learn more and an attendee sign-off sheet.
Safety Meeting Topics (Bilingual)
State Fund has produced an extensive selection of Safety Meeting Topics in English and Spanish. The topics are intended for use of on-the-job safety training and meetings to educate employees of potential hazards and work-related injuries and illnesses.
Free Safety Toolbox Talks
Our toolbox talks cover many different workplace safety topics.
Safety, Health & Well-Being Infographics
CCOHS Infographics: Musculoskeletal Disorders
This infographic, provided by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, illustrates causes and solutions of musculoskeletal disorders.
Infographic: 11 Characteristics of Great Safety Performers
This infographic illustrates the 11 leadership characteristics that are fundamental in ensuring a culture that supports safety improvement and maintains the right behaviors over time.
The Impact of Workplace Violence
Lower Risk Group has created this infographic detailing the impact of workplace violence on employees and employers and tips for preparedness and prevention.
NIOSH Infographic Keep workers safe on the road
This infographic covers the human and economic impact of work-related crashes.
Sleep Deficiency and Fatigue Causing More Workplace Injuries
This infographic highlights the dangers of employee sleep deprivation and steps to reduce sleep problems for both employers and employees.
Infographic: Surviving Organizational Stress
Learn the ramifications of organizational stress and how you can avoid it altogether by this infographic created by Pepperdine University.
CDC Foundation Healthy Workforce Infographic
No matter the size of your business, promoting safe and healthy practices can increase profitability and productivity.
- Napo's films
The main character, Napo, and his partners express themselves in wordless language. Their stories have an educational value. They provoke questions and stimulate debate on specific aspects of safety at work. Sometimes they provide practical solutions or lead to them.
- CDC Public Health Media Library
Content syndication allows CDC to offer web content to other sites and applications. Use our content on your site! It is as easy as identifying the content you want, and then pasting a small section of code from our site to yours.
- SAIF Video Library
Video can be an effective resource for enhancing the safety training you provide to your workers. We encourage you to take advantage of these valuable tools.
- Oregon OSHA Download Videos
Oregon OSHA Download Videos
- Oregon Young Employee Safety (O[yes]) videos on YouTube
View current and previous years young worker contest winning videos.
- NIOSH's Safety Video Channel
Videos related to safety and health from NIOSH.
- U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers YouTube Channel
The centers have pooled their expertise on a YouTube channel featuring 80 videos on agricultural safety best-practices.
- WorkSafe BC YouTube video site
WorkSafeBC started delivering videos and slide shows via YouTube to make safety resources more accessible in every region of the province.
California FACE worker fatality investigations
Videos from the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program
- 2018 Work and Well-Being Survey
The Work and Well-Being Survey provides a snapshot of the U.S. workforce, including employee well-being and attitudes and opinions related to workplace policies and practices.
Making an Evidence-Based Case for Urgent Action to Address Clinician Burnout
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP addresses how clinician burnout is currently a public health epidemic that is threatening the quality and safety of healthcare, as published in the June 2019 edition of the American Journal for Accountable Care.
Programs and Initiatives
Healthy Work Campaign: Healthy Work Survey for Individuals
StressAssess is a survey designed by experts in Canada to assess sources of stress at work (work stressors). StressAssess provides a free, online report suggesting solutions after completing the survey.
Work and Family Researchers Network
The Work and Family Researchers Network’s mission is to facilitate virtual and face-to-face interaction among academic work and family researchers from a broad range of fields as well as engage the next generation of work and family scholars.
Healthy Work Campaign
This website offers resources supporting the creation and support of healthy work.
Fostering Healthy, Resilient Schools to Address Chronic Stress: A White Paper from OEA Choice Trust
This white paper by OEA Choice Trust examines the chronic stress and low morale that have become so pervasive in today’s school communities – its causes and the toll it has on all involved, and potential solutions.
NIOSH Science Blog: Exploring Individual and Organizational Stress-reducing Interventions across Industries
This Blog summarizes stress interventions delivered in the workplace and that were presented at the 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health® in 2018.
Intervening for Work Stress: Work-life Stress and Total Worker Health Approaches
This summary is of a 2014 webinar provided by Daniel Ganster, Ph.D., and Leslie Hammer, Ph.D. as provided by the NIOSH Office for Total Worker HealthTM .
Calculating the cost of work-related stress and psychosocial risks
This report, issued by the EU-OSHA, summarises the studies focusing on calculating costs of work-related stress and psychosocial risks.
- OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Workplace Violence
Use this link to access federal OSHA resources related to this topic, including as related to different industries.
- NIOSH Occupational Violence (English and Spanish)
Access resources related to research and training for all workplaces, including healthcare, taxi drivers, retail workers and more.
- Oregon OSHA topic page: Violence in the Workplace
Access publications, education and training, and related regulations for Oregon employers and employees.
- SAIF topic page: Violence in the Workplace
SAIF shares resources including videos and guidelines for workplace violence prevention planning.
- Recorded webinar: Workplace Aggression, June 7, 2019
This full-day symposium was sponsored by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center; Co-sponsor: Continuing Education Program, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington. This site provides access to handouts and recorded webinars.
Workplace Aggression: Tips for Education and Schools
In response to our 2019 Spring Symposium, we determined a need to consolidate and curate resources addressing workplace aggression that might be specific to and most useful for those working in education and schools. While this page doesn't completely capture everything available on the topic, it does provide important basic resources.
Research and Oregon-based initiatives
- Workplace Safety Initiative - Workplace Violence Prevention Toolkit
Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) convened the Workplace Safety Initiative (WSI) to address workplace violence faced by healthcare workers. The WPV pilot project with these pilot hospitals directly informed the materials in this comprehensive toolkit.
- A Crisis of Disrupted Learning: Conditions in Our Schools and Recommended Solutions, Oregon Education Association
This report by OEA summarizes a three year investigation including teacher focus groups into violence and other disruptions in Oregon schools and potential solutions.
- Oregon OSHA Online Course: Violence Prevention Program
During this course you will learn about methods to recognize, evaluate and respond to risk factors related to workplace violence.
Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Toolkit for School Boards
PSHSA has developed a Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Toolkit for the Education Sector (School Boards).