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Category: Economics

Occupational Safety and Health Economics Workshop

In early September 2016, researchers from Canada and the U.S. convened a workshop in Montreal to analyze current and emerging issues in the economics of worker safety and health, and to formulate potential collaborative research aiming to improve and standardize economic metrics of worker injury and illness, including metrics of the under-recognized burden for workers Read More >

Posted on by Rene Pana-Cryan, PhD; Debbie Hoyer, MPH; Paul-Émile Boileau, BSc, MSc, PhD; and Martin Lebeau, BSc, MSc 1 Comment

Workplace Health Is Public Health

It’s National Public Health Week.  Those of us who work in workplace safety and health know that workplace health is an integral part of public health. While “Creating a Healthy Workplace” is one of the five themes of National Public Health Week, the role of workplace health in Public Health is not always clear to the general public. If you Read More >

Posted on by Frank Hearl, PE 22 Comments

Making the Case for Paid Sick Leave

Does it make economic sense for employers to offer or expand paid sick leave benefits to their employees? A new NIOSH study published in the American Journal of Public Health reported that workers with access to paid sick leave were 28% less likely overall to suffer nonfatal occupational injuries than workers without access to paid Read More >

Posted on by Abay Asfaw, PhD; Regina Pana-Cryan, PhD; Roger R. Rosa, PhD 18 Comments

Getting Closer to Understanding the Economic Burden of Occupational Injury and Illness

A recent landmark paper by J. Paul Leigh shows that the annual direct and indirect costs of occupational injury and illness in the U.S. are at least $250 billion. This amount exceeds the individual cost of cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Read more about the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted of the burden of occupational illness and injury in the U.S. on the NIOSH Science Blog. Read More >

Posted on by Paul Schulte, PhD; Elyce Biddle, PhD; Frank J. Hearl, PE9 Comments
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