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

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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

OUTSIDE THE U.S.

Many countries worldwide have work stress prevention policies, guidelines, standards, or laws. Here are some examples:

ILO’s Decent Work Agenda

WHO Healthy Workplace Model and Framework

CANADA

National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, Canadian Mental Health Commission & Standards Council of Canada, 2013

With your help, we can begin to make healthy work the norm in our workplaces, communities, and across the U.S.
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