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Toward an Expanded Focus for Occupational Safety and Health: A Commentary

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA
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Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 4946; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16244946
Received: 18 October 2019 / Revised: 21 November 2019 / Accepted: 28 November 2019 / Published: 6 December 2019
Powerful and ongoing changes in how people work, the workforce, and the workplace require a more holistic view of each of these. We argue that an expanded focus for occupational safety and health (OSH) is necessary to prepare for and respond rapidly to future changes in the world of work that will certainly challenge traditional OSH systems. The WHO Model for Action, various European efforts at well-being, and the Total Worker Health concept provide a foundation for addressing changes in the world of work. However, a paradigm expansion to include the recognition of worker and workforce well-being as an important outcome of OSH will be needed. It will also be vital to stimulate transdisciplinary efforts and find innovative ways to attract and train students into OSH professions as the paradigm expands. This will require active marketing of the OSH field as vibrant career choice, as a profession filled with meaningful, engaging responsibilities, and as a well-placed investment for industry and society. An expanded paradigm will result in the need for new disciplines and specialties in OSH, which may be useful in new market efforts to attract new professionals. Ultimately, to achieve worker and workforce well-being we must consider how to implement this expanded focus. View Full-Text
Keywords: well-being; systems thinking; future of work well-being; systems thinking; future of work
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Schulte, P.A.; Delclos, G.; Felknor, S.A.; Chosewood, L.C. Toward an Expanded Focus for Occupational Safety and Health: A Commentary. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4946.

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