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NIOSH establishes Center for Workers' Compensation Studies


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has launched a new Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies to analyze trends in work-related injuries and illnesses.

The center’s researchers will collaborate with “insurers and other private and public sector organizations” to conduct studies on occupational hazards, NIOSH said in its June newsletter. The data will be integrated with other health-related data, and used to develop practices for preventing and reducing the severity of workplace injuries.

“This is important because coordinated workers compensation research has been conducted mostly at large commercial insurers, state-based insurers, or industry organizations, which have not always distributed their data or research findings widely,” NIOSH said in a statement posted online. “Although these systems represent one of the largest, potentially richest information sources for safety and health, research using such data for prevention purposes has been limited.”

More information about the new center is available online here.