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A NIOSH look at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: worker health by industry and occupation.

Burnett CA; Lalich NR; MacDonald L; Alterman T
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. 2001-120, 2001 Jan; :1-104
In 1970 Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act "to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions." The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was created to perform research concerning the causes of occupational injuries and illnesses. One responsibility of NIOSH is to identify occupational diseases and conditions in order to target research and prevention efforts. To meet this goal, surveillance of occupational health is a necessary first step. NIOSH uses a number of occupational health surveillance systems, some developed by NIOSH and others from outside agencies. One such external system is the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and ILlnesses (SOII), from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the Department of Labor. The SOII is the only national health surveillance system covering all types of illnesses and injuries caused by hazards in the workplace. NIOSH has used the SOII to target interventions to specific industries, for background information in NIOSH reports (NIOSH, 1997), and for descriptive reports on occupational disease (Burnett et al., 1998). The purpose of this report is to provide descriptive information on six of the most common occupational illnesses or conditions in the United States: 1) musculoskeletal disorders of the back, 2) musculoskeltal disorders of the upper extremities, 3) musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities, 4) hernia, 5) dermatitis, and 6) anxiety, stress, and neurotic disorders. The SOII information presented here is not available from any other published or electronic source and can be obtained only by special request to BLS.
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Back-injuries; Dermatitis; Stress; Psychological-reactions; Psychological-stress; Psychological-effects; Psychological-disorders; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders
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