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NIOSH eNews - August 2009

Morbidity and Mortality @Work

Occupational disease research and prevention activities represent a significant portion of the NORA Sectors' program portfolios. The rate of nonfatal occupational illness across all U.S. private industry decreased from 30.7 per 10,000 in 2003 to 21.8 in 2007. The average rate of nonfatal occupational illnesses in the Manufacturing (NAICS 31-33) sector were 2.4-fold greater than U.S. Private industry averages (65.5/10,000 vs. 26.3/10,000). Two other industry sectors reported rates that exceeded the Private industry 2003-2007 average by 50%; Utilities (NAICS 22) and Health Care and Social Assistance (NAICS 62).

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Occupational disease research and prevention activities represent a significant portion of the NORA Sectors’ program portfolios.  The rate of nonfatal occupational illness across all U.S. private industry decreased from 30.7 per 10,000 in 2003 to 21.8 in 2007.  The average rate of nonfatal occupational illnesses in the Manufacturing (NAICS 31–33) sector were 2.4-fold greater than U.S. Private industry averages (65.5/10,000 vs. 26.3/10,000).  Two other industry sectors reported rates that exceeded the  Private industry 2003–2007 average by 50%; Utilities (NAICS 22) and Health Care and Social Assistance (NAICS 62).