What does Total Worker Health Have to do with Industrial Hygiene?

It is likely you have heard or read about the Total Worker Health® approach. Since 2018, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and other professional associations have partnered with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to advance this Total Worker Health (TWH) initiative. While some may call concepts related to TWH “the future of occupational health and safety,” others refer to it as an opportunity to further what industrial hygienists and other OSH professionals already do well while integrating with other disciplines to best foster worker safety, health and well-being.

In this session, we will define TWH and illustrate its application using specific workplace examples. While TWH is not a “one size fits all” recipe, it is critical that industrial hygienists understand its key concepts and functional elements. As we know, industrial hygienists practice the art and science of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards to worker health, an essential ingredient in the application and implementation of TWH concepts.

Register below for this free webinar in the first installment of the IH Summit
DATE: May 18, 2023
TIME: 12:00PM ET - 11:00AM CT - 9:00AM PT


Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH, has more than 35 years of experience working as an industrial hygienist and safety and health professional. She is currently the Program Manager for Our Good Health and Well-Being at Legacy Health based in Portland, Oregon. This program is funded through a $2.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to advance specific goals focused on improving employee and provider well-being. The three-year grant project has twelve programmatic elements addressing safety, health, and well-being, including adoption of the TWH approach. 

Montgomery previously served as the Outreach Core Co-Principal Investigator for the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. She has a BA in Biology from the University of Montana and MS in Environmental Health Sciences from University of Washington. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and an active member of the Pacific Northwest Section of AIHA, past president of the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of ASSP, Board Chair of the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition, and has completed terms on ASSP’s Council on Professional Affairs and its Total Worker Health Task Force. Montgomery’s well-being “go to” is writing: she is both a blogger and a published author.


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