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Putting data to work: occupational health indicators for Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2008 Apr; :1-9
More than three million individuals work in Massachusetts in over 200,000 workplaces. Each year, thousands of these workers are injured on the job or become ill as a result of exposure to health and safety hazards at work. These work-related health conditions result in substantial human and economic costs not only for workers and employers but also society at large. (1) Workers' compensation claims alone in Massachusetts cost approximately $900 million in 2005. (2) Work-related injuries and illnesses can be prevented. Successful approaches to making the workplace safer begin with having the data necessary to understand the problems. In 2003, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) recommended a set of occupational health indicators for use by the states.(3) These indicators are a set of public health surveillance measures that allow states to uniformly collect and report available occupational illness, injury and risk data. Computed over time, these indicators will allow states to track trends in the occupational health status of the working population and guide efforts to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses. A detailed description of the methodology for generating these indicators is available in "Occupational Health Indicators: A Guide for Tracking Work-Related Health Effects and their Determinants." This report includes a State Employment Profile and thirteen occupational health indicators for Massachusetts based on the most recent data available for each indicator. National data are included for comparison, when available. The information used to generate these thirteen indicators is gathered from a variety of existing state data sources - as no single data source is adequate to characterize occupational health concerns in the state. Combining information from multiple sources into a single indicator document provides a composite picture of the occupational health status of working people in Massachusetts. Technical notes and a description of the data sources used in generating these indicators are included at the end of the report.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Health-care; Medical-care; Health-standards; Public-health; Occupational-health; Diseases; Disease-prevention; Surveillance-programs; Data-processing; Risk-factors; Information-processing; Information-systems; Standards; Emergency-care; Emergency-treatment; Needlestick-injuries; Demographic-characteristics; Statistical-analysis; Lost-work-days; Worker-health; Statistical-quality-control
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
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Putting data to work: occupational health indicators for Massachusetts
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Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division