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Using workers' compensation data for surveillance of occupational injuries and illnesses - Ohio, 2005-2009.

Meyers A; Wurzelbacher S; Bertke S; Lampl; M; Robbins D; Bell J
Use of workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health: proceedings from June 2012 workshop. Utterback DF, Schnorr TM, eds. 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. 2013-147, 2013 May; :117-120
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (OBWC) is the largest of four, exclusive, state-run workers' compensation (WC) systems in the United States. All public Ohio employers and private employers (except sole proprietorships or partnerships) with less than 500 employees must purchase WC insurance from the state of Ohio. Other private employers have the option to self-insure for WC insurance. OBWC provides WC insurance for approximately two-thirds of Ohio workers but a lower proportion of Wholesale and Retail Trade (WRT) industry sector workers. One long-term goal of a partnership between OBWC and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is to develop an occupational illness and injury surveillance system by joining OBWC's WC data with denominator data (number of employees) from another state agency. To demonstrate the new system NIOSH generated incidence rates for OBWC WC outcomes, especially for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), for singlelocation employers in the Wholesale and Retail Trade Sectors and described sub-sector trends for 2005-2009. MSDs caused by ergonomic hazards are common among workers and result in pain, disability, and substantial cost to workers and employers (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011; Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, 2011). Based on data from the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), a disproportionately higher rate of MSDs resulting in lost workdays occurs in the WRT industry sector compared with other industry sectors (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011).
Workers; Work-environment; Injuries; Accidents; Risk-factors; Hazards; Health-protection; Surveillance-programs; Preventive-medicine; Traumatic-injuries; Humans; Men; Women; Health-care
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Utterback DF; Schnorr TM
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Wholesale and Retail Trade; Public Safety; Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
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Use of workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health: proceedings from June 2012 workshop
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