Approaches to Improving the Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance System – New Report and Webinar Jan. 9

The landscape and nature of work in the United States has changed remarkably over the past several decades. Yet occupational safety and health (OSH) surveillance approaches have generally not evolved to address these shifts in the changing nature of work.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends a number of actions aimed at improving the coordination and cost-effectiveness of the OSH surveillance system. It looks specifically at areas such as injury and illness recording enhancement, interagency coordination, and state-based OSH surveillance programs.

Advance copies of A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST on Monday, Jan. 8. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a webinar beginning 2 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 9. Participants are:

Please register for the webinar here.  Reporters who wish to obtain a copy of the report should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail