Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U60-OH-008472, 2010 Sep; :1-37
This final progress report summarizes accomplishments for the fundamental, burn injury, and fatal work-related injury state-based surveillance projects of the Oregon Worker Illness & Injury Prevention Program (OWIIPP) cooperative agreement (U60 OH008472) between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2010. During the 5-year project period, the Oregon Department of Human Services sought to assess the magnitude of and characterize work-related injuries and illnesses in the state by conducting occupational health surveillance. In addition, the agency used findings to raise awareness about occupational health issues and prevent new injuries, conditions, and deaths. Through fundamental surveillance, staff generated the 19 occupational health indictors from 2000 through 2008, obtained and analyzed numerous sources of work-related injury and illness data to better calculate the magnitude of and characterize work-related injuries and illnesses in the state, and evaluated the surveillance system. In addition, staff made efforts to estimate the cost associated with specific work-related injuries, such as carpel tunnel syndrome. Staff established and regularly convened a state-wide advisory committee to guide prioritization of the state's occupational health issues, raise awareness and discuss emerging occupational health issues, and brainstorm and develop prevention strategies. Staff worked closely with program partners through the advisory committee, coalitions, and other groups to utilize and leverage expertise and resources to improve worker health and safety. Staff developed a wide-range of articles and publications on various occupational health issues for health care providers, employers, workers, researchers, legislators, and more. Through multiple collaborative partnerships and continued surveillance activities, staff obtained and analyzed data on work-related burn injuries in the state. Activities from the burn surveillance program culminated in two important projects: (1) a peer-reviewed journal article describing the scope of Oregon's occupational burn injuries, with a methodical listing of the different sources of data for the surveillance system; and (2) an independent evaluation of Oregon's burn injury surveillance system by a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Matthew Groenewald, using the "Updated Guidelines for Evaluating Public Health Surveillance Systems." Staff shared the results of both projects in multiple venues, including presentations at conferences, partner meetings, advisory committee meetings, and the Consortium of Occupational State-based Surveillance (COSS) occupational health listserv. Staff developed other articles for employees and employers as well as health care providers and public health researchers and met with partners to increase their knowledge about work-related burns. The Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) program continued its core activities in occupational fatality surveillance, investigation, assessment, and outreach. Surveillance activities were expanded with online resources. In the 4-year grant period, OR-FACE published and circulated 20 investigation reports, plus 4 earlier reports translated into Spanish; 4 annual reports; 2 hazard alert brochures in both English and Spanish; and 3 safety booklets. Members of the OR-FACE team attended conferences and events to give presentations on safety issues and provide safety materials. OR-FACE materials were featured in news stories, and used in company safety meetings and distributed as handouts. Principal areas of concern in OR-FACE safety materials related to parked vehicles, driver distraction, logging, young workers, agriculture, and crab fishing.
Jae P. Douglas, Oregon Public Health Division, Department of Human Services, 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 640, Portland, OR 97232