Advocate for Healthy Work
Want to make healthy work the norm in your workplace, community and across the U.S.?
Healthy work advocacy in the U.S. has a long, proud history. On December 29, 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was signed into law, promising every worker the right to a safe and healthy job. While OSHA regulates the physical health and safety of working people, OSHA does not regulate “psychosocial hazards,” which contribute to poor mental and physical health as well as chronic illnesses, including depression and cardiovascular disease—although some other high-income countries do.
Meaningful change around healthy work in the U.S. requires individuals and organizations LEARNING what healthy work is, ASSESSING whether or not their work is healthy, and then TAKING ACTION, demanding healthy work at every level. That’s exactly what has happened in other countries and what is possible here if we take action and raise our voices together.
It’s Time for #HealthyWork in the U.S.
Spread the message that:
If we want healthy people, we need healthy work
Become a Healthy Work Advocate with these NEXT STEPS:
1. JOIN the #HealthyWork movement and subscribe for HWC updates.
2. ADOPT our Healthy Work Agenda (for Individuals, for Employers, or for Unions & Worker Advocates).
3. SHARE our Healthy Work Agenda with your network and workplace.
4. TAKE PART in healthy work advocacy in your community.
Resources for Healthy Work Advocacy
IN THE U.S.
Examples of organizations and campaigns that support healthy work in the U.S. include:
NIOSH Total Worker Health® Program
American Psychological Association Psychologically Healthy Workplaces
National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Campaign for Safe Staffing Ratios in Nursing
Portable Benefits for Independent Workers Pilot Program Act
Eliminate increasing the speed at pork processing plants
1 Million for Work Flexibility
The Healthy Families Act – to support paid sick leave
OUTSIDE THE U.S.
Many countries worldwide have work stress prevention policies, guidelines, standards, or laws. Here are some examples:
ISO 45003:2021(en) Occupational health and safety management — Psychological health and safety at work — Guidelines for managing psychosocial risks
WHO Healthy Workplace Model and Framework
National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, Canadian Mental Health Commission & Standards Council of Canada, 2013
EU Strategic Framework on health and safety at work 2014-2020
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU OSHA) Guidelines: Provisions on workload, ergonomic and psychosocial risks
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU OSHA) Directives: Provisions on workload, ergonomic and psychosocial risks
Psychosocial Risk Management in the Workplace (Guidance and Tools) WHO PRIMA-EF consortium; World Health Organization, 2008
Management of psychosocial risks in European workplaces: evidence from the Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2)