Health and Safety for Businesses

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Texas businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Cultivating Wellness: Mental Health Training in the Workplace


Addressing mental health and well-being in the workplace has become an increasing priority for companies around the world, with many employers seeing the great benefits of putting culture and employees first. As social isolation and remote work become our new normal in the time of COVID-19, the toll on our mental health becomes even bigger. From front-line workers to C-suite executives, many of us may be experiencing and observing increased emotions and symptoms. Taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, and our employees through this pandemic is going to mean protecting not only our bodies, but also our minds. 

Surgeon General Priority: Community Health and Economic Prosperity


The health of Americans is not as good as it could be, despite large expenditures on healthcare. Our poorer health status creates costs and challenges for individuals, families, communities, and businesses, and can be a drag on the economy, as too many jobs remain unfilled and productivity is adversely affected. In order to improve the health of Americans and help foster a more sustainable and equitable prosperity, the Office of the Surgeon General is implementing an initiative called “Community Health and Economic Prosperity” or “CHEP” for short.

Are You Doing Enough? 6 Simple Tips to Improve Your Employees’ Mental Health


The nature of mental health is that it doesn’t run parallel to the events in someone’s life. Yes, depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges are influenced by external factors, but even when everything seems to be going “perfectly” for someone on the surface, that person may be struggling. It is true, though, that hardships can (and usually do) negatively impact our mental health, and that’s why in 2020, many people are suffering at a deeper level than they otherwise might. 

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19


This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.

Updated Count of COVID-19 Cases in Texas


The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time. Numbers are current as of 8 p.m. the day before reporting.

Travel Health Notices


Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues that impact travelers’ health, like disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters, in specific international destinations.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Local Health Entities


Who To Contact If You Do Not Have a County Health Department

Many of our members in the rural areas of Texas do not have a County Health Department to rely on during these trying times. For those in need of support, it is best to reach out to the DSHS Regional Office that serves as the local health department in your area.

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