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Workplace Safety and Health (Occupational Health)

Below are links to information related to workplace safety and health. Click on the tabs or scroll down to view general information and programs, research, statistics and guidelines on this topic.

Research, Recommendations and Guidelines


Occupational Traumatic Injuries Among Workers in Health Care Facilities — United States, 2012–2014
Nurses (38%) and nursing assistants (19%) accounted for 57% of identified OSHA-recordable injuries. Between 70%–90% of OSHA-recordable patient handling; slips, trips, and falls; and workplace violence injuries occurred among female employees.

Work-Related Asthma — 22 States, 2012
The prevalence of current asthma significantly differed by age, sex, race/ethnicity, and education. Prevalence was highest among persons aged 45–64 years (9.4%), women (11.4%), blacks (12.5%), and those with less than a high school education (9.5%).

Vital Signs: Seat Belt Use Among Long-Haul Truck Drivers — United States, 2010
Improvements in belt design might help increase belt use among LHTDs, especially female truck drivers, who were shown in this survey to be more likely than males to never use a seat belt.

Are Flight Attendants at Higher Risk for Miscarriage?

Worker Illness Related to Newly Marketed Pesticides — Douglas County, Washington, 2014
This report highlights at least three potential occupational hazards in agriculture: off-target pesticide drift, toxicity of some recently marketed pesticides, and a gap in worker notification requirements. In this incident, off-target drift of a pesticide mixture was determined to be the cause of symptoms in 20 farmworkers (19 women and one man).


ATSDR Study Finds Higher Risk of Some Causes of Death for Civilian Workers at Camp Lejeune

Workplace Exposures and the National Action Plan for Infertility
Less than 5% of all chemicals used in the U.S. have been tested, even in laboratory animals, to determine if they are toxic to reproductive health.


Women's Health at Work
While workplace exposures can affect both male and female reproduction, issues related to reproduction and pregnancy are of particular concern to women. Find summaries with links to more research of some hazards faced by women in the workplace as well as links to industry-specific research from CDC that relates to women.

Women and Stress at Work
Workplace policies that address work schedule flexibility, telework, dependent care, and career development/advancement are particularly beneficial to women. Such efforts are most effective when done with employee input and participation, and provide long-term benefits to employee health and productivity.