AIHce Indianapolis



PDC 111
Wellness and Health Education: Connecting IH and Worker Health

intermediate | 1.34 CM Points/ 8 Contact Hours/ 1.0 CEU/COC Point | Saturday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Limit: 35

Online Community

Emerging Issues, Management

Have you ever noticed how the same basic principles we use daily to promote occupational health and safety (OHS) can also be applied to worker wellness and health in general? Did you know that integrating wellness with OHS results in greater return on investment (ROI) than implementing them separately? In this fun and active PDC we will discuss the following aspects of wellness and health:

  • How to make the case for integrating wellness and OHS in the workplace including how others are doing it and their ROI;
  • How to make the leap from IH/OHS to wellness and health;
  • The stages of behavior change and motivation;
  • How OHS + Wellness = Healthier Workers;
  • A wide variety of “wellness activities” to bring back to use;
  • Research that has been done on merging wellness with OHS;
  • Various wellness resources, and
  • Health Promotion Programs (HPPs) and their frameworks.

Come prepared to learn, educate, participate, and have more fun about wellness and health than you’re used to having at a PDC!

A fundamental understanding of/or experience with wellness and health education in the workplace.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between occupational health and safety (OHS) (and industrial hygiene (IH)) and worker health and wellness.
  • Compare and contrast OHS/IH and worker wellness or health.
  • List the benefits of merging wellness with OHS.
  • Explain how other organizations have integrated the two and their benefits.
  • Interpret the research that has been done on merging wellness with OHS.
  • Discuss the stages and motivators for behavior change.
  • Note the relationship between occupational health and worker health.
  • Demonstrate 10 varied wellness activities or exercises.
  • Cite 10 wellness/health education resources.


  • Overview, Introductions, Expectations, Goals, and Objectives: discussion, demonstration, and Q&A
  • Making the case for wellness and return on investment (ROI): discussion and Q&A
  • Making the leap from IH/OHS to Wellness: discussion, Q&A and demonstration
  • OHS and Wellness: brainstorming, demonstration, and discussion
  • Behavior change and motivation: discussion, Q&A, video, role-play
  • Wellness Activities/Exercises: hands-on exercises
  • Resources: discussion, Q&A
  • Health Promotion Programs (HPPs) Overview/Framework with OHS Integrated: discussion, Q&A and individual exercise
  • Wrap-up and Final Considerations: discussion and Q&A 

Transfer of Knowledge:
Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Practice exercises
  • Workshops
  • Group activities
  • Interactive games

Important PDC dates

  • May 18 — E-handout download instructions are e-mailed.
  • June 1  — Contact the AIHA if you have not received your e-handout e-mail.
  • June 1  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning open.
  • June 15-17 — AIHce 2012 PDCs are presented. Participants must bring a printed or electronic copy of their PDC handout.
  • August 31 — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning close.
  • August 27 Educational transcripts updated and available for download