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Occupational Health: Overview

Occupational injuries and illnesses are significant but preventable public health problems. Occupational health surveillance provides essential information to inform research priorities, target and design prevention activities, and monitor progress in meeting prevention goals. The Occupational Health Surveillance Subcommittee serves as an important vehicle for ongoing communication between NIOSH, other federal and non-federal partners, and the states.

Over the past decade, CSTE, in collaboration with NIOSH, has worked to increase state-based occupational health surveillance capacity. These efforts have included defining the role of states in a nationwide occupational health surveillance system, outlining guidelines for minimum and comprehensive state-based occupational health activities, developing a set of occupational health indicators to provide information about a population’s health status with respect to workplace injury and illness, and providing technical assistance to states with little occupational health surveillance capacity.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in occupational health with CSTE, please click the topics below – we welcome your involvement! Subcommittee members also contribute state-based surveillance articles to the NIOSH eNews newsletter. For archives, click here.

Steering Committee Chair: Sharon Watkins
National Office Contact: Erin Simms
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