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Department of Health and Mental Hygience releases report

Recently, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released it's Occupational Health Surveillance Report, 2000-2013. The information contained in the report deals with the measures of health that let a state compare its risk status with that of other states, thereby also allowing for the evaluation of trends.

The report deals with a set of occupational health indicators -- 24 of them to be exact. They are broken down into two types: the occupational health indicators that measure health, such as work-related injury or disease and factors associated with health, such as workplace hazards, exposures or interventions. The indicators include:

-- Sixteen health effect indicators: These measure illness or injury that are due to adverse exposure effects from suspected or known occupational hazards.

-- Four hazard indicators: These measure the potential for exposure to safety and health hazards in the workplace.

-- Two intervention indicators: These measure activities to reduce safety and health hazards.

-- One exposure indicator: This measures the markers in human fluid or tissue that prove the presence of a harmful substance due to workplace exposure.

-- One socioeconomic impact indicator: This measures the economic impact of workplace illnesses and injuries.

-- Work-related injuries and illnesses are preventable and the best way of preventing them is through controlling occupational hazards. By tracking occupational health indicators, Maryland can:

-- Identify trends and patterns of work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses.

-- Identify areas that need attention.

-- Reduce the number of preventable workplace injuries.

-- Keep track of workers' baseline health.

-- Increase the availability and consistency of occupational disease and injury data.

The amount of data that is provided through tracking these health indicators is immense. However, it can help keep Maryland's workers safer. Those who are injured in a workplace accident should be covered by workers' compensation. If you feel that your claim for benefits was improperly denied, your attorney can help you file an appeal. You may find that the information in the abovementioned report can be helpful in your appeal.

Source: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, "Maryland Occupational Health Surveillance Report, 2000 - 2013," Clifford S. Mitchell, Ann Liu, Elisabeth Dissen, accessed Jan. 04, 2017

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