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Worker Health and Safety

Information for Health Care Providers

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Health care and public health professionals play a vital role in occupational health surveillance. This page provides useful information for physicians, nurses, hospitals, laboratories, health departments, and other health professionals. 

Mandatory Reporting of Work-Related Conditions
Physicians and laboratories are required by law to report certain diseases and conditions to Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. These reporting regulations for all diseases, conditions, and events are found in Title 173, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 1: Control of Communicable Disease.

Some of these reportable diseases and conditions are work-related, such as poisonings and illnesses due to chemical exposures. See the green box below for other reportable occupational diseases, conditions, and events.   

Poisonings & illnesses caused by the following must be reported:
  • Lead (all blood lead tests)
  • Pesticide Exposures
  • Chemical Exposures (Industrial & Agricultural)
  • Mercury Exposures
  • Radiologic Exposures
  • Carbon Monoxide

See all reportable diseases at Epidemiology: Reportable Diseases.

Questions about Reporting?

Where to Report
If sending paper or fax reports for occupational health and safety reportable conditions, send to:
Nebraska DHHS - Public Health
Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Phone: 402-471-2822
Fax: 402-471-3601

Reporting Forms

General Reporting Form for Health Care Providers

General Reporting Form for Laboratories

Adult Lead Poisoning

Health care providers and/or laboratories are required by law to submit reports of all blood lead tests regardless of the result, including capillary and venous tests. Reports must be submitted within seven days of detection. 

Management Guidelines For Blood Lead Levels in Adults
In June 2013 the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Occupational Health Committee adopted guidance for managing blood lead levels in adults. This document is intended for providers, laboratories, and individuals with elevated lead levels. 

Recommendations for Medical Management of Adult Lead Exposure 
Journal article published in Environmental Health Perspectives in March of 2007, includes recommendations based on a review of scientific literature on lead exposure and health effects in Adults.

Medical Guidelines and Case Management of Childhood Lead Poisoning
Workers exposed to lead at their worksite can bring lead home and create a hazard for their children. Lead screening and medical management guidelines for children can be found at Lead Poisoning Prevention Program: Resources for Health Care Professionals.

Additional Resources for Health Professionals

Visit Resources for Health Professionals for more links, tools, and resources for physicians, public health professionals, and other health professionals.



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