10/10/2023: What does Total Worker Health® have to do with Industrial Hygiene?

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

9 - 10 AM HST | 12 - 1 PM PT | 2 - 3 PM CT | 3 - 4 PM ET

Photo of Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH

About the webinar:

Since 2018, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and other professional associations have partnered with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to advance this TWH initiative. While some may call concepts related to TWH ‘the future of occupational health and safety,’ others refer to it as an opportunity to further what industrial hygienists and other OSH professionals already do well, while integrating with other disciplines to best foster worker safety, health and well-being. In this session, we will define TWH and illustrate its application using specific workplace examples. While TWH is not a “one size fits all” recipe, it is critical that industrial hygienists understand its key concepts and functional elements. Industrial hygienists practice the art and science of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards to worker health, an essential ingredient in the application and implementation of TWH concepts.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Define the Total Worker Health (TWH) Approach and its key elements for implementation

  • Identify TWH applications relevant to industrial hygiene principles

  • Discuss ideas for additional learning opportunities

Speaker: Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH

Dede has more than thirty-five years of experience working as an industrial hygienist and safety and health professional. Dede is currently the Program Manager for Our Good Health and Well-Being at Legacy Health based in Portland, Oregon. This program is funded through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to advance specific goals focused on improving employee and provider well-being, including adoption of the TWH Approach. Dede previously served as the Outreach Core Co-Principal Investigator for the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, worked as a consulting industrial hygienist, and was regional safety and health manager and industrial hygienist for EPA Region 10 long ago. She has a BA in Biology from the University of Montana and MS in Environmental Health Sciences from University of Washington where she was an appreciative recipient of ERC support. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and an active member of the Pacific Northwest Section of AIHA, past president of the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of ASSP, Board Chair of the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition, and has completed terms on ASSP’s Council on Professional Affairs and its Total Worker Health Task Force. Dede’s well-being “go to” outside of work is writing: she is both a blogger and published author.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 Contact Hour. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Certificates of Completion

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In order to receive your Certificate of Completion, qualified learners must complete the post-webinar evaluation within 7 days of the webinar. A link to the evaluation will be emailed to qualified learners 24 hours after the webinar via no-reply@zoom.us. Qualified learners who submit their evaluation will receive a Certificate of Completion via email, and can also print/save the certificate from their browser after submitting their evaluation.

If you're not able to attend the live presentation, no problem! We record most presentations and will host them on our website provided we have permission to do so. Presentation recordings are not eligible for Certificates of Completion.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety

ABOUT Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS)

The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS) prepares graduate students for careers in occupational health and safety through training programs, significant financial support and community-engaged research opportunities. NWCOHS is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) under Federal Training Grant T42OH008433.