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State health agencies' access to state workers' compensation data: results of an assessment conducted by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, 2012.

Davis L; Rosenman KD; Shor G; Simms E; Miller K
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; :203-208
Purpose: The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) has a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to help states build capacity to conduct surveillance of work-related illnesses and injuries. One potentially useful source of occupational health surveillance information is Workers' Compensation (WC) claim data. To learn more about whether state public health departments have access to WC data for surveillance purposes and the type of data they have access to, CSTE conducted a brief assessment of health departments in the states. The assessment findings will help CSTE plan future efforts to increase state capacity to use WC claim data for surveillance of work-related injuries and illnesses. Methods: In March, 2012, a workgroup comprised of representatives from CSTE with input from OSHA developed the CSTE Assessment of State Public Health Department Access to State Workers' Compensation Data. A pilot questionnaire was administered to three states and edited as indicated. The final assessment included 27 individual questions regarding data access, the type of data accessed, the format of the dataset, use of the data, and any barriers or restrictions placed on state WC claims data available to the public health department. The assessment was made available to all 50 states and the District of Columbia via a Web-based application on April 20, 2012 and remained open for completion for one month. The occupational health contact2 in each jurisdiction served as the primary informant, although, where applicable, contacts were asked to refer the questionnaire to the person within their department most appropriate for completing the assessment. Thirty-eight jurisdictions completed the assessment. Follow-up was conducted in August 2012 with three jurisdictions to resolve inconsistencies. In this document, 'states' and 'respondent' refers to all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Results: Thirty-eight (75%) state health departments responded to the assessment. Percentages reported below are calculated using the 38 responding states as the denominator.
Workers; Work-environment; Injuries; Accidents; Risk-factors; Hazards; Health-protection; Surveillance-programs; Preventive-medicine; Traumatic-injuries; Humans; Men; Women; Health-care; Risk-factors; Epidemiology; Analytical-processes; Public-health; Safety-climate; Safety-measures
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Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Utterback DF; Schnorr TM
Funding Type
Grant; Cooperative Agreement
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Grant-Number-R01-OH-010094; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490; B20130612
Source Name
Use of workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health: proceedings from June 2012 workshop
Performing Organization
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Atlanta, Georgia
Page last reviewed: December 11, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division