The World Health Organization's (WHO) Workplace Model provides the framework for Health at Work 4 All!. WHO defines a healthy workplace as one which workers and managers collaborate to use a continual improvement process to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of all workers as well as the sustainability of the workplace by considering the following 4 areas of concern.
Health and safety concerns in the Physical work environment
Health, safety and well-being concerns in the Psychosocial work environment
The Personal health resources in the workplace
The ways the company participates in the community to improve the health of workers, their families and the community
WHO Workplace Model
The WHO model emphasizes leadership support,worker involvement and the integration of healthy workplace initiatives in the organizations business strategy as critical to the success of healthy workplace programs and initiatives.
The WHO Workplace Model is a comprehensive framework for creating a healthy workplace program that can be used by any workplace, of any size.
WHO Workplace Model - 8 Step Process
Through an 8 step process, as outlined in the WHO model, workplaces are guided through a continual improvement process that involves a systems approach to:
provide education and skill building opportunities
offer environmental support
assist with policy development
The Health at Work 4 All! program encourages employers to use the WHO model to create comprehensive, successful and sustainable wellness programs for their employees. The program and resources have been developed to assist workplace personnel responsible for providing wellness information and resources in workplace settings.
Date of creation: February 28, 2013 Last modified on: May 10, 2022