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Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program (OHSSP)

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The Iowa Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program (OHSSP) is part of the Iowa Department of Public Health Environmental Health Division. The program focuses on Iowa data surveillance related to worker health and safety. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and includes the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) program, the Pesticide Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk (SENSOR) program, and the Fatalities Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program.

Iowa Department of Public Health OHSSP

  • Compiles and analyzes Iowa data for national Occupational Health Indicators
  • Compiles and analyzes Iowa data for Healthy Iowans: Iowans Health Improvement Plan 2012 2016
  • Partners with other programs and agencies to address work-related hazards and health issues impacting Iowa workers based on surveillance data.
  • Responds to work-related events requiring public health assistance, including conditions requiring mandatory reporting, Iowa Administrative Code 641 Chapter 1.
  • Contracts with the University of Iowa Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center for the Iowa FACE program.
  • Provides periodic email updates. Send a blank email to join the IDPH OHSSP email list.

Did You Know?

  • In 2012, there were 79* traumatic work-related deaths in Iowa, with ages ranging from 10 to 85 years. This was below the 3-year average of 81 work-related fatalities per year in Iowa. Only about 25% of these fatalities are investigated by OSHA. (*IA FACE preliminary data – subject to revision).
  • Iowa has a higher percentage of older worker deaths (55 years of age or older) than the US with a current 3-year average of 44% compared to a US average of 31%. (IA FACE data).