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Occupational HealthNearly five million people work in Michigan. Approximately three-hundred thousand experience a work-related illness or injury every year. On average about three workers die every week of an acute work-related injury in Michigan. Additional deaths occur from work-related cancer and other chronic diseases. Workplace injuries and illnesses can be prevented.
In Michigan, physicians, hospitals, clinics, and employers are required to report known or suspected cases where an individual has an occupational disease or a health condition aggravated by workplace exposures. Read the Michigan Public Health Code section on reporting occupational disease. Occupational disease reporting procedures and forms are at http://www.oem.msu.edu/ReportForm.aspx.Successful approaches to making workplaces safer begin with having the data necessary to understand the problem. Data about work-related illnesses and injuries in Michigan are available in a variety of reports and publications, some of which are found below.
Click here for brief summaries of the thirteen occupational health data sources.Each summary is comprised of the following components: Summary, Data Attributes, Data Collection and Processing, System Attributes, and Usefulness for Occupational Health.
Work-related Health Disparities in Michigan Reports provide data on and discussion of the disparate impacts of work-related injuries and illnesses on different racial and ethnic groups. Recommendations to address work-related health disparities are included.
Toxic Substances Information Directory is an updated, easy-to-use, quick reference document for public health professionals when looking for information on when looking for information on an environmental or occupational health topic.
What You Need to Know About Pesticides and Your Health is a booklet that provides information and resources about pesticides and possible health effects from pesticide use.
Click here for a listing of medical clinics that meet the membership criteria of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics for evaluation of patients with suspected occupational or environmental disease or injury.
Links to Other Occupational Health Websites
Michigan State University - Maintains Michigan's mandatory occupational disease reporting systems
Michigan Department of Agriculture - Enforces state and federal legal requirements and provides for the sale and use of pesticides
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - Conducts research and makes
Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Sets safety standards for workers within the United States
Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational illness and injury statistics
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