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Worker Health and Safety

Occupational Health Indicators

Occupational Health Indicators (OHIs) are standard measures of work-related injuries, diseases, or factors associated with occupational health.

Why use Occupational Health Indicators?

Occupational health indicator data provides a way to determine the status of workers' health and safety in Nebraska. Occupational Health Indicators also help public health and occupational health professionals:
  • Identify trends in injuries, illnesses, and hazards over time
  • Compare the health status of the working population in Nebraska with other states
  • Guide education and outreach efforts aimed at high-risk populations
  • Shape priorities for prevention and intervention efforts


Indicators are calculated using guidelines specified in A Guide for Tracking Occupational Health Conditions and Their Determinants from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). Both national and state-based data sources are used to calculate the Indicators and include data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers’ compensation, hospital discharge records, death certificates, cancer registries, and poison centers.

Occupational Health Indicator Data

To find occupational health indicator data, visit Data and Reports.

Occupational Health Indicators Table 

Indicator 1:  Non-fatal injuries and illnesses reported by employers
Indicator 2:  Work-related hospitalizations
Indicator 3:  Fatal work-related injuries
Indicator 4:  Amputations reported by employers
Indicator 5:  Amputations identified in state workers’ compensation systems
Indicator 6:  Hospitalizations for work-related burns
Indicator 7:  Musculoskeletal disorders reported by employers
Indicator 8:  Carpal tunnel syndrome cases identified in state workers’ compensation systems
Indicator 9:  Pneumoconiosis hospitalizations
Indicator 10:  Pneumoconiosis mortality
Indicator 11:  Acute work-related pesticide poisonings reported to poison control centers
Indicator 12:  Incidence of malignant mesothelioma
Indicator 13:  Elevated blood lead levels among adults
Indicator 14:  Workers employed in industries with high risk for occupational morbidity
Indicator 15:  Workers employed in occupations with high risk for occupational morbidity
Indicator 16:  Workers employed in industries and occupations with high risk for occupational mortality
Indicator 17:  Occupational safety and health professionals
Indicator 18:  Occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) enforcement activities
Indicator 19:  Workers’ compensation awards
Indicator 20:  Work-related low back disorder hospitalization

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