Total Worker Health (TWH) for Occupational Safety and Health Professionals: A Continuing Education Course for Occupational Health Professionals

TWH for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Professionals is a self-paced, online course that provides a foundational introduction to the concept of TWH and how it applies to OSH professional practice.

This program is intended for OSH professionals working in a variety of industrial settings. This course content is appropriate for industrial hygienists, environmental safety and health managers, safety specialists, occupational health nurses, and union health and safety stewards.

Participants who complete all of the modules and activities will be given a certificate of completion. Learners can use the certificate of completion from the course to claim credit from their professional accrediting boards such as the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH®) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

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Read what participants are saying:

"I'd recommend this course to people who are starting their TWH journey and want to learn more."
-Deborah Imel Nelson, Ph.D., CIH , FAIHA

"Overall, the course was excellent, and professionals interested in learning about TWH and learning ways to implement a program or program elements have the tools they need from this course."
-Laura Weems, CIH, CSP

Modules

  1. Module 1: Course Overview
    • Module 1 gives an overview of the TWH for Occupational Safety and Health Professional modules and introduces the Brainshark learning environment.
  2. Module 2: Introduction to TWH
    • Module 2 describes factors that influences the current state of work, the workforce and the workplace. TWH is defined, and work/non-work factors are described in the context of their influence on worker health, safety and well-being. At the end of this module, one will also be able to understand the impact of work organization on worker well-being, and also describe an example of a TWH program.
  3. Module 3: Fundamentals of a TWH Approach
    • Module 3 introduces the essential elements of TWH, and explains the importance of leadership commitment to TWH. The overlap between the industrial hygiene hierarchy of controls and a TWH approach to supporting wellbeing is explained. Participants will learn how and when to engage employees when using a TWH approach, as well as provide evidence for the rationale for integrating program elements. Lastly, participants learn simple ways to implement TWH practices within an organization, and also identify tools and resources available for implementing the TWH program. Participants will have the opportunity to describe how they will practice TWH within their organization.