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National Academies Calls for “Smarter” OHS Surveillance
Occupational health and safety surveillance must be made a priority if it is to be used to guide public health actions and improve worker safety and health, according to a new report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The National Academies’ Committee on Developing a Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century, which was formed in response to a request from NIOSH, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and OSHA, identifies several short- and long-term recommendations for achieving a cohesive and “smarter” OHS surveillance system to protect the current and future work force. According to the committee, a robust system would provide reliable data for occupational injuries and illnesses to “inform policy development, guide educational and regulatory activities, develop safer technologies, and enable research and prevention strategies that serve and protect all workers.”
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