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NIOSH creates new coordinating center to improve workers’ compensation research

In 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) formed a new Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS). Now, in June 2013, it has been announced that a coordinating CWCS has been established within NIOSH. The goals of the Center will be to organize workers’ compensation data, integrate that data with findings from other health studies, and coordinate research efforts among NIOSH scientists and other public and private organizations.

“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,” explained NIOSH Director John Howard.

NIOSH expects this collaboration to help advance key missions, like spotting trends in workplace injury and illness cases, calculating the true financial impact of occupational accidents and health issues, finding methods to reduce on-the-job injuries and illness, and defining and applying best practices for prevention. 

The Center is currently analyzing research on a variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, public safety, mining, transportation, public services, healthcare and social assistance, warehousing, services, and wholesale and retail trade.

According to NIOSH, workplace injuries and illnesses cost the United States approximately $250 billion each year. Help reduce accidents by providing employees with adequate training and the appropriate safety equipment and safety supplies.