Business Pulse: Workplace Safety and Health, launched today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, focuses on innovative employer strategies using science-based solutions from CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to address emerging worker safety and health issues and well-recognized workplace hazards and exposures. The issue features an interactive infographic that provides useful facts and links to NIOSH programs and online CDC resources that help employers protect and promote the health of workers.
U.S. employers face complex challenges in today’s workplace ranging from the $263 billion economic burden of worker injuries and illnesses to a rapidly changing workforce and the costly consequences of work-related stress and chronic disease management. In 2013 alone, 4 million new nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses and 4,405 deaths from work-related injuries were reported. Additional critical challenges businesses face today are:
- temporary or contingent workers’ safety and health risks;
- an aging workforce;
- work-related stress; and
- chronic conditions caused or worsened in the workplace
Businesses can take practical steps to address these concerns and improve the health and safety of their workforce and increase productivity.
To access Business Pulse, visit www.cdcfoundation.org/businesspulse