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Occupational Health: Count Them All

Counting Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses: Taking Steps to Close the Gap
There is widespread recognition of the need to improve surveillance of non-fatal work-related injuries and both fatal and non-fatal work-related illnesses in the U.S. Calls for improved surveillance figure prominently in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reviews of NIOSH research, recommendations of NORA sector councils and congressional reviews. While calls for improved surveillance are many, few reports have identified concrete next steps for action.

The CSTE Occupational Health Surveillance Subcommittee has convened two meetings, in 2009 and 2013, bringing together state and federal surveillance experts, researchers, and key stakeholders to identify next steps in building a national infrastructure for surveillance of work-related injuries and illnesses. Each of these meetings focused on the need for a coordinated, comprehensive, long-range approach rather than a set of isolated surveillance projects. The goals of both meetings were to update participants on efforts to improve the BLS and OSHA data collection systems for non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses, to increase policymakers’ and other stakeholders’ understanding of the role of the public health system in addressing surveillance gaps, and to identify specific recommendations for using multiple data sources to improve surveillance of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses. At the 2013 meeting, participants reviewed federal and state accomplishments since 2009 and updated and expanded recommendations for improving surveillance.

Resources:
2013 Meeting and Recommendations Summary
2013 Identifying the Gaps Exercise Labor staff report
2013 Meeting Presentations
2009-2013 Agency Accomplishments
2009 Meeting and Recommendations Summary
2009 Goals of surveillance exercise
2009 House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor staff report, June 2008
2009 Counting Injuries and Illnesses in the Workplace: Summary of 1987 report
2009 Clinical & administrative data sources for occupational health surveillance - 2009 document
2009 Inventory of population surveys spreadsheet
2009 Workers' compensation standard data elements spreadsheet
2009 European working conditions survey brief
2009 List & summary of select 2009 NIOSH intramural surveillance projects
2009 Followback studies paper
2009 Overview of UK labour force survey
2009 An Opportunity in Electronic Health Records report
2009 The Case for Collecting Occupational Health Data Elements in EHRs

For more information about Count Them All, please contact Erin Simms. Click here to view other occupational health activities.

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