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 more than 4,000 deaths from work-related injuries were reported. Additional business challenges:
- Temporary or contingent workers’ safety and health risks;
- An aging workforce
- Work-related stress
- Chronic conditions caused or worsened in the workplace
What science based solutions – innovative employer strategies – exist for businesses to address emerging safety and health issues?
Dr. L. Casey Chosewood is Director of the U.S. CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office for Total Worker Health.