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NIOSH Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS)

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Current Projects

We are currently working on several projects which use workers’ compensation data to:

  • Prevent work-related injuries
  • Identify emerging health and safety concerns
  • Evaluate leading indicators (measures of hazards and controls that predict future injuries/ illnesses) in employer safety and health programs

  • Evaluate cost-shifting for work-related injuries and illnesses between workers’ compensation and other health and social insurance programs

Below are brief descriptions of several ongoing or recently completed NIOSH studies, many with an emphasis on economics, that involve the use of workers’ compensation data. Studies are organized in relation to the goals of the CWCS.

Projects that Support Strategic Goal 1

Use workers’ compensation data to identify and track work-related health conditions

Intermediate Goal 1.1

Understand the uses and limitations of workers’ compensation systems for research and surveillance of work-related health conditions

Intermediate Goal 1.2

Analyze existing state-level workers’ compensation data and use results to identify research and intervention priorities

Projects that Support Strategic Goal 2:

Understand and reduce risk factors for injuries/ illnesses through economic and intervention research.

Intermediate Goal 2.1

Characterize occupational injury and illness risk, severity, and cost using workers’ compensation data across states, industries, size of employers, and occupations

Intermediate Goal 2.2

Identify employer, carrier, and state policies, programs and characteristics that significantly impact injury and illness rates and costs among workers

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