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Paid sick leave and nonfatal occupational injuries.

Authors
Asfaw-A; Pana-Cryan-R; Rosa-R
Source
Am J Publ Health 2012 Sep; 102(9):e59-e64
NIOSHTIC No.
20041078
Abstract
Objectives. We examined the association between US workers' access to paid sick leave and the incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries from the employer's perspective. We also examined this association in different industries and occupations. Methods. We developed a theoretical framework to examine the business value of offering paid sick leave. Data from the National Health Interview Survey were used to test the hypothesis that offering paid sick leave is associated with a reduced incidence of occupational injuries. We used data on approximately 38 000 working adults to estimate a multivariate model. Results. With all other variables held constant, workers with access to paid sick leave were 28% (95% confidence interval = 0.52, 0.99) less likely than workers without access to paid sick leave to be injured. The association between the availability of paid sick leave and the incidence of occupational injuries varied across sectors and occupations, with the greatest differences occurring in high-risk sectors and occupations. Conclusions. Our findings suggest that, similar to other investments in worker safety and health, introducing or expanding paid sick leave programs might help businesses reduce the incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries, particularly in high-risk sectors and occupations.
Keywords
Injuries; Workers; Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Health-programs; Health-services; Traumatic-injuries
Contact
Abay Asfaw, PhD, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20201
CODEN
AJHEAA
Publication Date
20120901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
hqp0@!cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B07182012
ISSN
0090-0036
NIOSH Division
OD
Priority Area
Mining: Oil and Gas Extraction
Source Name
American Journal of Public Health
State
DC
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