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Guidelines for Reporting Occupation and Industry on Death Certificates


(Revised January 2021)
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2012-149
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This document updates the guidelines written in 1988 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) (DHHS Publication No. 88-1149). It is designed to help funeral directors complete the Decedent’s Usual Occupation and Kind of Business/Industry items on electronic and paper death certificates.

List of Revisions

List of Revisions
Revision Date Revisions Citation of Revision
June, 2012 (Original)
January, 2021 This document was revised to update website references and addresses. No substantive changes were made to the information contained in this document. NIOSH [2021]. Guidelines for reporting occupation and industry on death certificates. By Robinson C, Schumacher P, Sweeney MH, Steege A, Free H, Lainez J. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-149 (revised 01/2021).