Worker Health and Safety

Resources for Health Care Professionals

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Health care and public health professionals play a vital role in occupational health and safety. This page provides information for health care professionals, health departments, and other health professionals. 

Reporting Diseases and Poisonings
Physicians and laboratories are required to report diseases, conditions, and poisonings to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. See NAC 173 Chapter 1 for more information. Some reportable diseases and poisonings may be due to occupational exposures. For more information on how to report diseases, visit DHHS Epidemiology Disease Reporting.
Poisonings and illnesses are reportable if due to:
  • Lead (all analytical blood lead tests for adults and children)
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Pesticides (i.e. herbicides, insecticides) 
  • Agricultural chemicals (i.e. fertilizers)
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Mercury exposure
  • Radiologic exposures

Reporting Forms

Reporting Form for Health Care Providers

Reporting Form for Laboratories

Where to Report

Nebraska DHHS - Public Health
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Phone: 402-471-2937
Fax: 402-471-3601 

Adult Lead Level Guidance

Health care providers and/or laboratories are required 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.

More Resources

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


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