Maryland Occupational Health and Safety

    Occupational Health Indicators and Behavioral Risk Factors

Maryland has just released a summary of occupational health indicators surveyed in the 2013-2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.  




What is an Occupational Health Indicator?
These 24 indicators are measures of work-related disease or injury, or a factor associated with occupational health, such as workplace exposures, hazards, or interventions. Each indicator can be tracked over time and compared to other states and the nation in order to monitor the health of Maryland's workforce 

How are the Occupational Health Indicators Used?


 
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​What is occupational health and saftey?

 About 3 million people work in Maryland. Each year, roughly 3% of Maryland workers suffer a work-related injury or illness. Occupational injuries and illnesses are preventable. To protect Maryland’s workers, the Maryland Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Project (OHSSP), with funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), does the following:
  • Reports statistics and indicators on occupational illness and injury rates in Maryland;
  • Collects reports from health care providers in Maryland who treat patients with reportable work-related illness and injury; and
  • Provides assistance to Maryland Occupational Safety and Health and other agenc​ies concerned about possible work-related illness. 

What should I do if I have an Occupational Health and Saftey Concern?

Workers or their representatives can file a complaint with Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) if they are concerned about workplace safety and health issues. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against workers who submit complaints.

Click here for instructions about filing a complaint with MOSH.

 

Concerned employees, union officials, or employers can also request a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) from NIOSH. NIOSH is the occupational safety research branch of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of an HHE is to identify workplace health hazards and recommend ways to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses.

 

Click here for more information about the HHE program at NIOSH.

Information for Clinicians

In Maryland, health care providers are >required to report known or suspected cases of occupational diseases or health conditions aggravated by workplace exposures. Reports should be sent to the Environmental Health Coordination Program at DHMH.

Click here to download the form that clinicians should use to report occupational illnesses and exposures.

 

Reportable conditions include occupational lung disease, chemical exposures, carpal tunnel syndrome, work-related injuries in persons less than 18 years of age, and work-related disease outbreaks. Detailed reporting guidelines can be found on page 2 of the above form.

 

For more information, call the Environmental Health Helpline: 1-866-703-3266 or email dhmh.envhealth@maryland.gov

 
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