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Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology

Occupational Health

The workplace contains a variety of hazards that may affect people's health. Workers may be exposed to chemicals, dust, heavy machinery, heat, noise, biological agents and other conditions. Occupational epidemiology involves monitoring how often workers are hurt on the job; what groups are most affected; and the reasons workers are hurt. Findings are used to identify ways to reduce risk of injury and illness.

Occupational Health Surveillance Program

The goals of the Occupational Health Surveillance Program are to describe work-related health risks and to use this information to promote safer work environments. Staff are also prepared to provide resources and/or consultation to Occupational Health Nurses, other health and safety professionals, and industry representatives. This program is located in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health.

Major Program Activities

Occupational Health Facts & Figures for North Carolina

See the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Facts & Figures page for the following public health surveillance reports on occupational health issues:

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