Salem, OR – Thanks to an exclusive affiliation with a federal research agency, Oregon employers will get access to–-and may help develop–the latest research and resources to help keep their workers healthier and safer.
That’s because Oregon’s SAIF Corporation has become only the 11th organization nationwide, and the first insurance company, to be awarded membership in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health™ Affiliate Program.
SAIF joins an impressive group of affiliates, including NASA, Mount Sinai Health System (New York), the University of Michigan, and the National Safety Council.
What is the Total Worker Health™ Affiliate Program?
The mission of the Total Worker Health™ Affiliate Program is to advance greater integration of injury prevention and health improvement at work and at home through public and not-for-profit collaborations.
Dr. Casey Chosewood, senior medical officer for Total Worker Health™, encouraged SAIF to apply after learning of its efforts to reach Oregon employers—and its own staff—with the Total Worker Health™ message.
What does this mean for workplace safety in Oregon?
The Total Worker Health™ designation:
Recognizes SAIF as a national leader and innovator in using health improvement as a proven strategy for injury prevention
Gives SAIF’s customers a voice in creating new, evidence-based tools for bringing Total Worker Health concepts to even the smallest workplaces
“This speaks highly about our commitment to the safety and well-being of our employees as well as our work to integrate the Total Worker Health™ concept into our safety work with Oregon employers,” said SAIF Loss Control Manager Chuck Easterly.
“Many of our policyholders understand this 24/7 connection between health improvement and injury prevention,” said Deb Fell-Carlson, safety and wellness adviser to SAIF’s policyholders. “It was their interest that prompted us to begin exploring Total Worker Health™ as an addition to our safety and health consulting tools.”