First national conference on Eliminating Health and Safety Disparities at Work, September 14-15, 2011, Chicago, Illinois.
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, 2011 Sep; :1-90
In 2009, an estimated 3.28 million workers in private industry and 862,900 in state and local government experienced a nonfatal occupational injury or illness. Also in 2009, 2.6 million workers were treated in emergency departments for occupational injuries and illnesses, and 4,551 workers died as a result of an occupational injury. These numbers, which are already too high, likely underestimate the true impact as many additional work-related injuries and illnesses are never recorded. Because racial and ethnic minority and immigrant and low-wage workers are more likely to be employed in the most hazardous industries, they experience a disproportionate burden of injuries and illnesses. Other social and economic factors such as job insecurity, temporary employment, language and literacy barriers and discrimination on the job may further widen these disparities. In response to these concerns, many in the health and safety community have designed innovative education, training and other intervention programs to reduce health and safety disparities at work. Others have suggested new policy initiatives that would reduce the underlying causes of some disparities. This conference brings together a diverse group of researchers, safety and health trainers and practitioners, state and local health officials and community groups, workers, and employers-all of whom are concerned with eliminating health disparities.