CORE: Creating a Comprehensive Occupational Health Surveillance Program

Since 2000, with support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, OHSP has been working to expand efforts to collect, analyze, and disseminate data on work-related illness and injuries in Massachusetts. OHSP staff are exploring the use of additional Massachusetts information sources such as statewide data on hospitalizations and emergency departments visits and workers' compensation records, to describe patterns of work-related injuries and illnesses in the state. OHSP is also exploring new ways of disseminating findings to policy makers, government agencies, employers, unions, community organizations, local health planning agencies, and others in positions to use the data to improve workplace safety and health. As part of this core project, OHSP is working to increase links with occupational health researchers in local universities to encourage occupational health research that is relevant to needs of working people in Massachusetts. Occupational medicine residents and public health students collaborate with OHSP in carrying out projects while learning about public health practice.

This information is provided by the Occupational Health Surveillance Program within the Department of Public Health.