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Core Occupational Health Surveillance in Massachusetts.


PB2013107691

Publication Date 2007
Personal Author Davis, L. K.
Page Count 36
Abstract Work-related injuries and illnesses are a significant public health problem in the United States, imposing substantial human and economic costs. Surveillance of work-related illnesses, injuries, and hazards is essential to target, design, and evaluate prevention efforts and to establish research priorities. Surveillance is needed at the state as well as the national levels. State occupational health surveillance programs are few and limited in scope, typically focusing on a few specific health conditions. In a comprehensive national surveillance system, most states would have basic core capacity to carry out surveillance of multiple occupational conditions. What constitutes a 'core state program' has not been well established. Since the mid-1980s, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has established surveillance systems for selected occupational health conditions and has conducted a wide range of intervention activities to address identified occupational health and safety concerns in the Commonwealth. The MDPH Occupational Health Surveillance Program (OHSP) has also worked closely with other public health programs to integrate occupational health into mainstream health practice. This Cooperative Agreement (7/2001-6/2006) enabled MDPH-OHSP to build on this experience and to develop a Core Occupational Health Surveillance Program that could serve as a model for other states. The proposed activities were based on the assumption that a core program should have the capacity to conduct both case-based and population-based surveillance and working relationships with a wide range of intervention partners.
Keywords
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Surveillance programs
  • Massachusetts
  • Hazards
  • Humans
  • Illnesses
  • Injuries
  • Men
  • Population
  • Preventive medicine
  • Priorities
  • Public health
  • Women
  • Workers
  • Work environment
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Corporate Authors Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, Boston.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 201317
Core Occupational Health Surveillance in Massachusetts.
Core Occupational Health Surveillance in Massachusetts.
PB2013107691

  • Occupational safety and health
  • Surveillance programs
  • Massachusetts
  • Hazards
  • Humans
  • Illnesses
  • Injuries
  • Men
  • Population
  • Preventive medicine
  • Priorities
  • Public health
  • Women
  • Workers
  • Work environment
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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