142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Do public data sources allow adequate assessment of occupational health and environmental safety parameters?

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Christina E. Morgan, MPH , Office of Recommendations, U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, Washington, DC
Vidisha Parasram, MPH EOH , Chemical Incident Investigator, US Chemical Safety Board, Washington, DC
The paucity of public data on environmental safety and occupational health parameters limits the scope of meaningful analysis of health and safety risks to workers and the public. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board collects workplace incident data on chemical accidents at stationary facilities, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration collects injury and illness data, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collects data through its Chemical Accident Prevention provisions,  and the Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries; however, the analytical parameters of these data are questionable. This session will analyze these data sources and examine their utility in advancing occupational and environmental safety and health.

Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List public data sources in the occupational and environmental health arena; Compare the adequacy of publicly available data in the occupational and environmental health; Identify the occupational and environmental health and safety gaps in publicly available data sources;

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Data Collection and Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I use OHS datasets developed by federal agencies in my work. I have significant experience using these datasets to present an evaluation of them.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.