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Georgia Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program

More than four million people age 16 years and older make up Georgia’s workforce.  Since almost half of a worker’s lifetime is spent at work or commuting, the workplace is an important determinant of a person’s health. Some workers are employed in occupations or industries that may put them at higher risk of work-related injuries or illnesses or being exposed to harmful substances. Many of these work-related injuries and illnesses are preventable. The Georgia Department of Public Health Occupational Health Surveillance Program monitors occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the state, identifies groups at increased risk, and provides data to target prevention efforts. This surveillance system is based on the 20 indicators for occupational health that have been recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). These indicators serve as baseline measures of the occupational health status of a state’s workforce and will allow states to track trends and guide prevention and intervention efforts.

Mission

To promote the health and safety of Georgia workers by:

  • Collecting information about work-related injuries, illnesses, and hazards in Georgia
  • Raising public awareness of workplace risks, targeting intervention activities, and guiding the development of prevention programs and policies
  • Educating workers and employers to address identified occupational health and safety problems
  • Integrating occupational health into ongoing public health practice at the state and local levels

Goals

  • Collect, analyze, and report data on occupational illnesses, injuries, and related factors in Georgia based on the recommended NIOSH-CSTE Occupational Health Indicators
  • Establish and maintain an Advisory Committee, representing partner organizations and stakeholders, to assess the surveillance system and the data it provides, and to make recommendations that will enhance its impact and use
  • Participate fully in NIOSH’s Consortium of Occupational State-based Surveillance (COSS), including regular meeting attendance and timely reporting of Georgia data to multi-state summaries and reports

Data Summaries and Reports

Georgia Occupational Health Surveillance Report Executive Summary 2006-2009

--A summary of major findings from the Georgia Occupational Health Surveillance Report, 2006-2009

Georgia Occupational Health Surveillance Report, 2006-2009

--This report estimates the burden of work-related injuries and illnesses and gives baseline measures of occupational health in Georgia during 2006-2009

Related Sites and Documents

List of Occupational Health Indicators

Guidelines for Minimal and Comprehensive State Based Public Health Activities in Occupational Safety and Health

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Occupational Health Program Area http://www.cste.org/group/OHOverview

State Occupational Health Websites http://www.cste.org/group/OHWebsites

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Georgia Tech Occupational Safety and Health Program http://www.oshainfo.gatech.edu/index.html