The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is calling on employers to take steps to protect America’s workers from injury and illness in response to newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS reported that 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in private industry in 2018, unchanged from the previous year.
The aging of the U.S. population has led to a number of changes in the workforce, particularly a movement of the worker distribution toward older ages2, 4. By 2022, about one-third (31.9%) of Americans aged 65 to 74 years will still be working (Toosi 2013). The impact of a longer working life can be significant in both positive and negative ways.
NIOSH wants you to think about occupational exposure in a different way. Several experts discussed the “under the radar” topic on Tuesday in three parts: the exposome, cumulative risk assessment and total worker health. Each of these initiatives contributes in complementary ways to the improvement of worker health and wellbeing.
It’s not too early to be thinking about 2018; the call for abstracts for the 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health® sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is now OPEN.
Meet our presenters.
Oliver Wirth, Ph.D., Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Dr. Oliver Wirth is a Research Psychologist in the Health Effects Laboratory Divi-sion of the NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).