NIOSH ERC Webinar: Ergonomics for Total Worker Health®: What is the Current State of Knowledge?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) introduced a system-oriented Total Worker Health® (TWH) approach in 2011 to address the traditional and the emerging risks of the modern workplace. While the scientific evidence for TWH is still nascent and evolving, various ergonomics models, interventions and programs have been tested and implemented as part of a TWH approach. As a discipline concerned with designing people-centered systems to optimize human well-being and overall performance, ergonomics has a lot to offer to advance TWH research and knowledge uptake. This webinar will explore the current state of ergonomics intervention research and highlight gaps in the literature. A particular focus will be given to two priority areas proposed by NIOSH: the future of work and healthy work design and well-being programs.



Katia Costa-Black is a faculty lecturer at the Graduate Program of Ergonomics and Biomechanics at New York University and at the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She also serves as an independent Consultant in the area of ergonomics and Total Worker Health. Katia Costa-Black brings an international, research-oriented and multi-disciplinary perspective to her teaching and ergonomics practice. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics, and Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. She is serving as the American Industrial Hygiene Association TWH Liaison, and recently joined the executive council of the Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.


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