Occupational health safety network created by NIOSH

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is in the process of developing a voluntary and secure electronic occupational safety and health monitoring system that will keep tabs on workplace data.

The original version of the Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN) was intended for the healthcare sector, but the new version will expand the program to other sectors. OHSN will aid in surveillance for U.S. workplaces, and will be used to analyze and report workplace data to document occupational injury and illness events.

According to NIOSH, participants will benefit from the program by gaining the ability to gauge a workplace's internal injury and illness rates and trends to prevent later, similar events.

With the new surveillance measures in place, employers will have an effective method of analyzing risk factors and the circumstances that cause injuries. The OHSN will help to assess the effectiveness of prevention efforts including the use of safety products such as hard hats, safety glasses, fall protection, and work gloves.

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