On August 1, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched the long awaited Injury Tracking Application (ITA) for employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data. The agency states that it has created a secured website and has provided options for submitting data, including for single or multiple establishments. Further details and information is provided below.
We then turn to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which in July published a study on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for 155,839 currently employed adults from 17 states across 22 occupation groups. The study examined the HRQOL measures of self-rated health, frequent physical distress, frequent mental distress, frequent activity limitation, and frequent overall unhealthy days. The study concludes that workers' jobs are associated with their HRQOL and that more research is needed to understand how work exposures or characteristics influence HRQOL.
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OSHA Launches Application to Electronically Submit Injury and Illness Data
Summary of OSHA Trade Release, July 14, 2017
On August 1, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) for employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application is accessible from the
. Note that OSHA published a
notice of proposed rulemaking
to extend the deadline for submitting 2016 Form 300A to December 1, 2017.
The data submission process involves four steps: 1) creating an establishment; 2) adding 300A summary data; 3) submitting data to OSHA; and 4) reviewing the confirmation email. The secured website offers three options for submitting data. Users may manually enter data into a secure web form, upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments, or users of automated recordkeeping systems may transmit data via an application programming interface.
The Injury Tracking Application can be accessed
. For more information on the requirements of electronic submission of injury records, including a FAQ list and a mechanism to request assistance with completing forms and submissions,
CDC Study on Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) Shows Variation across Occupation Groups
Summary from Study Abstract and NIOSH Science Blog by Taylor M. Shockey, July 26, 2017
In July 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published an article in the
American Journal of Public Health
on health-related quality of life (HRQOL). HRQOL refers to an individual's or group's self-perception of their physical and mental health over time, and has become an important part of health surveillance. The objective of the study was to examine the health-related quality of life among workers in 22 standard occupation groups. The study examined the HRQOL measures of self-rated health, frequent physical distress, frequent mental distress, frequent activity limitation, and frequent overall unhealthy days for 155,839 currently employed adults among 17 states.
The study found that variabilities in HRQOL exist among workers from different occupation groups and concluded that workers' jobs are associated with their HRQOL. Among the 22 occupation groups, the arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupation groups most commonly reported negative HRQOL measures. Farming, fishing, and forestry was the least likely of the 22 occupation groups to report negative HRQOL for all 5 measures. Analyses were performed to obtain prevalence estimates adjusted for potential confounders. The authors state more research is needed to understand how work exposures or characteristics influence HRQOL.
To view the abstract and for access to the study
. To read the complete article
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