Ergonomics for Total Worker Health®: What is the Current State of Knowledge?

Presented by: Katia Costa-Black, PhD, PT

Webinar Details:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) introduced a system-oriented Total Worker Health® (TWH) approach in 2011 to address the traditional and the emerging risks of the modern workplace. While the scientific evidence for TWH is still nascent and evolving, various ergonomics models, interventions and programs have been tested and implemented as part of a TWH approach. As a discipline concerned with designing people-centered systems to optimize human well-being and overall performance, ergonomics has a lot to offer to advance TWH research and knowledge uptake. This webinar will explore the current state of ergonomics intervention research and highlight gaps in the literature. A particular focus will be given to two priority areas proposed by NIOSH: the future of work and healthy work design and well-being programs.

Learning Objectives
At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:
* Recognize the importance of and the essential elements of the TWH approach
* Identify several research areas and specific ergonomic interventions tested and implemented thus far on the premises of a holistic TWH model for improving workforce safety, health, and well-being
* Discuss the research gaps and how ergonomists can support the advances in TWH application in practice and utilize available resources.