Discussion of: workers’ compensation loss prevention: a white paper for discussion.
Morin-J; Utterback-DF; Shor-G; Welsh-L; Bogyo-T; Wurzelbacher-SJ
Use of workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health: proceedings from June 2012 workshop. Utterback DF, Schnorr TM, eds. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-147, 2013 May; :191-192
This paper explores the potential relationship between workers' compensation, loss prevention and public interests by providing a vocabulary and context for discussion. The role, tools and strategies of loss prevention professionals are described, and opportunities for systematic collection and use of available data for analysis, program design and intervention are discussed in detail. Workers' compensation is an important social insurance program with public policy and safety and health objectives that go far beyond the issue of compensation for injury. Loss prevention provisions are explicit in many workers' compensation statutes and implicit in others. Loss prevention services may be applied to assess risk and assist in the insurance underwriting process, or to help employers reduce the human and financial cost of workplace injury. To varying degree and effect, state-sponsored insurers, private insurers and industry safety associations use workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health surveillance and targeting for loss prevention services and initiatives. Several states mandate insurerbased loss prevention services. However, loss prevention data, including employer and insurer-based expenditures, recommendations and interventions, are not systematically collected across industries or jurisdictions. The paper concludes with a discussion of the knowledge gaps and a list of possible collaborations to organize and develop existing loss prevention programs and practices.
Workers; Work-environment; Injuries; Accidents; Risk-factors; Hazards; Health-protection; Surveillance-programs; Preventive-medicine; Traumatic-injuries; Humans; Men; Women; Health-care; Risk-factors; Epidemiology; Analytical-processes; Public-health
Use of workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health: proceedings from June 2012 workshop