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Worker Health and Safety

Projects and Activities

The Nebraska Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program (NOSHP) tracks the status of worker health in Nebraska. We also conduct education and outreach with an ultimate goal to improve worker health. Nebraska is one of 23 states funded by the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct state-based occupational health surveillance. To learn more, visit NIOSH's State-based Surveillance Website.

Nebraska Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program Factsheet

What is Occupational Health Surveillance?

Occupational health surveillance is the ongoing collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data related to worker health and safety. The purpose of surveillance is to reduce work-related illnesses, injuries, and hazards and improve the health of the workforce. 

Occupational health surveillance data is used to:

  • Identify illness and injury patterns that suggest priority areas
  • Monitor worker population health trends over time
  • Shape education and outreach activities
  • Evaluate prevention activities

Occupational Health Indicators

Occupational health indicators (OHIs) are specific measures of work-related illnesses, injuries, and factors associated with occupational health. OHIs are calculated using various Nebraska-specific occupational health data sources. Generating OHIs allows NOSHP to track trends and compare he health status of the working population.

Learn More About Nebraska's Occupational Health Indicators

Nebraska Occupational Health Advisory Committee

The Nebraska Occupational Health Advisory Committee consists of leaders and experts in the field of occupational health and safety. The purpose of the advisory committee is to evaluate program activities, develop priority conditions of special importance in Nebraska, and collaborate on ideas for future program activities.

Pesticide Poisoning SurveillanceDrums of Hazardous material

The Nebraska Pesticide Poisoning Surveillance Program tracks work-related pesticide poisonings, illnesses and injuries to help determine the magnitude and cause of these health incidents. Nebraska is among of 12 states that conduct occupational pesticide illness and injury surveillance through the SENSOR-Pesticides program within the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Tracking pesticide poisonings will help Nebraska:

  • Serve as a repository for pesticide poisoning data
  • Identify trends in pesticide poisoning and illnesses in Nebraska
  • Use data and results to guide prevention efforts
  • Comply with state regulations on reportable conditions

Learn More About Pesticide Poisoning

Adult Lead Poisoning

Lead in the Periodic Table of ElementsLead poisoning is a serious public health program, and many Nebraskans have elevated blood lead levels due to work-related exposures.

The Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program collaborates with the Nebraska Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology & Surveillance (ABLES) Program to track blood levels, investigate adult lead poisonings, and conduct education and outreach. This collaboration aims to reduce the number of adults with elevated blood lead levels and ensure safer working conditions for Nebraskans. 

Learn More About Adult Lead Poisoning


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