NIOSH: Workers' comp data may be useful for injury prevention

August 19, 2010

Workers' compensation data can be used to track occupational injuries and illnesses and identify intervention methods, according to a new NIOSH report (.pdf file).

The requirement for employers to carry workers' comp coverage and the information tracked in workers' comp systems -- such as lost worktime -- provides valuable injury and illness information, and can even identify cases not captured in Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the report said.

Such data can be used to analyze trends, identify health hazards and evaluate the effectiveness of injury and illness prevention programs, according to the report.