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Occupational Health and Community Health Center (CHC) patients: a report on a survey conducted at five Massachusetts CHCs.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Occupational Health Surveillance Program
Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2007 Apr; :1-8
Survey Highlights: 1) 1,428 working patients awaiting appointments at five community health centers completed a short, anonymous survey about their occupational health experience. 2) The most commonly reported occupational categories were service occupations, followed by sales and administrative support, then operator and laborer occupations. The specific job most commonly reported was janitor/cleaner. 3) 38% of patients used chemicals on the job, with cleaning products being the most common chemicals used. 4) The most common concern about work-related health was ergonomic hazards. 5) 39% of patients had never heard of Workers' Compensation. 63% of patients had never heard of OSHA. 6) 21% of patients reported experiencing a work-related injury, illness, or health problem during the previous year. The Occupational Health Survey was a project carried out by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Occupational Health Surveillance Program (MDPHOHSP) and several community health centers (CHCs). The purpose of the survey was to describe the occupational health experience of a sample of CHC patients, with the intent of learning more about workplace risks faced by minority and immigrant workers. Community health centers were identified as points of access to low-income, minority and immigrant populations, and potential community partners for addressing identified occupational health needs of working people. During 2002 and 2003 a sample of over 1,400 CHC patients completed the occupational health survey. Surveys were administered orally in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole and Khmer by trained interviewers.
Public-health; Occupational-health; Worker-health; Surveillance-programs; Health-surveys; Statistical-analysis; Racial-factors; Health-care; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Maintenance-workers; Service-industries; Chemical-cleaning; Cleaning-compounds; Ergonomics; Injuries; Risk-factors
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
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Occupational Health and Community Health Center (CHC) patients: a report on a survey conducted at five Massachusetts CHCs
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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division