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Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance

About Us 

The Nebraska Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program (NOSHP) conducts occupational health surveillance. We use worker illness and injury data to help determine priorities for public health prevention and intervention.

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What is Occupational Health Surveillance?

Surveillance plays an essential role in prevention of illnesses, injuries, and hazards that occur in Nebraska workplaces. The main activity of occupational health surveillance is collecting and examining worker safety and health data. Data are collected from physicians, laboratories, government agencies, surveys, and other sources. Worker health and safety data are used to:

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

About the Program

The Nebraska Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance program is funded by a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). A primary goal of the Program is to collect, analyze, and disseminate occupational health data. Additional program objectives include:

  • Develop a surveillance system to capture occupational health data on poisoning or illness caused by pesticide exposure
  • Expand the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology Surveillance (ABLES) program
  • Identify populations at high risk for occupational morbidity
  • Conduct educational outreach

Program Activities

Some of the activities that the program performs to meet these goals include the following:

  • Locate existing data on workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Establish new sources of data related to workplace hazards and health effects
  • Identify gaps in surveillance data
  • Calculate Nebraska occupational health indicators
  • Examine diseases to identify workers at an increased risk for occupational injury or illness
  • Create an occupational health network of stakeholders to facilitate data sharing and increased communication regarding education for employees and employers.

To learn more about what we do, visit Projects and Activities.


Funding for NOSHP is made possible by Grant 5U60OH009859 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - NIOSH. The views expressed in this site do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the CDC-NIOSH; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.



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