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New Mexico tribal occupational health needs assessment: a report to Native American communities.

Mulloy-KB; Flowers-H
Albuquerque, NM: New Mexico Department of Health, 2005 Jun; :1-18
At 9.3% of New Mexico's population, Native Americans are a vital part of the state's workforce [US Census Bureau, 2005]. In recent years there has been a boom of industry on New Mexico's reservations, especially in the gaming industry. The establishment of new industries on reservations is important in alleviating economic disparities experienced by tribal members who live on reservations. The Bureau of Indian Affairs reports that 22% of New Mexico's employed Native Americans who live on or near reservations earn below federal level poverty guidelines [US Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2001]. While new industry on tribal lands brings employment for tribal members and other New Mexicans, it is important to provide those workers a safe and healthy environment. The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (NMOHSB) has jurisdiction over occupational health and safety regulations for the state of New Mexico but it has no authority on tribal lands (tribes with gaming compacts do agree to meet the federal Occupational Safety and Health act of 1970 [New Mexico Gaming Control Board, 2005]). There is a potential gap in the oversight of health and safety for people employed on tribal lands. Moreover, because NMOHSB supplies the Bureau of Labor Statistics with New Mexico's occupational illness and injury data there may be an undercount of such events occurring on New Mexico's Native American reservations and among Native American workers. This report describes an occupational health needs assessment of Native American communities in New Mexico conducted by the New Mexico Occupational Health Registry. The report includes an assessment of the industries where New Mexico's Native Americans are employed and the results of a survey of health, administrative, and environmental professionals who work for or with Native American tribes in New Mexico.
Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices; Worker-health; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-health-services; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Surveillance-programs; Statistical-analysis
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New Mexico tribal occupational health needs assessment: a report to Native American communities
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