California occupational health indicators: annual measures of worker health and safety for years 2003 - 2008.
Materna-B; Harrison-R; Bateson-G; Beckman-J; Beckman-S; Flattery-J; Joe-L; Payne-S; Raider-F; Styles-L; Ycasas-J
Richmond, CA: California Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Branch, 2012 Jun; :1-42
Every year, thousands of California workers are injured on the job or become ill as a result of health hazards at work. These work-related injuries and illnesses result in substantial human and economic costs. California's workers' compensation benefits paid in 2008 alone totaled $9.4 billion. As large as this figure is, it represents only a fraction of the indirect and direct costs of work-related injuries and illnesses annually. Work-related injuries and illnesses can be prevented. Having the data necessary to understand the problem is the first step. A health indicator is a numerical value or statistic that helps us measure the state of health. Indicators can be tracked overtime to tell us whether our health is getting better or worse, and they can be compared with other regional or national values. Using indicators overtime can help us to track our progress toward improving health. This report includes Occupational Health Indicator data from 2003 through 2008. Data from subsequent years will be added to the Occupational Health Branch (OHB) website as they become available. OHB worked with several other states and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to develop a set of Occupational Health Indicators. These Indicators are used to measure work-related injuries, illnesses, exposures, or factors that can influence occupational health. Each Indicator was selected because it is important to public health and can be calculated using a data source that is readily available for most states. OHB shares California Occupational Health Indicator data with interested parties, other states, and the federal government. We help other states learn to use the Occupational Health Indicators by partnering with them and maintaining detailed "how-to" guides on how to generate the Indicators. Finally, we use the Indicators and further analyses of these data sources to guide our efforts to prevent workplace injury and illness in California.
Worker-health; Employee-health; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Health-hazards; Injury-prevention; Disease-prevention; Accident-prevention; Safety-measures; Diseases; Injuries; Surveillance-programs; Data-processing; Information-systems; Statistical-analysis; Health-standards
Robert Harrison, MD, MPH, Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Public Health 850 Marina Bay Parkway, Building P, 3rd Floor, Richmond, CA 94804
Richmond, CA: California Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Branch