Insurance industry professionals aren’t the only ones interested in workers’ compensation records. This data is also valuable for occupational safety and health research and surveillance. In 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) established the Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS). CWCS integrates NIOSH’s traditional research efforts aimed at preventing worker injury and illness with workers’ compensation efforts aimed at providing medical care and wage benefits to workers with work-related injuries.
Workers’ compensation insurance records can be used for the following:
- Primary prevention of workplace injuries
- Early detection of health outcomes in worker populations
- Identification of effective medical treatment
NIOSH, along with other government agencies and private organizations, sponsored two workshops—one in 2009 and one in 2012—on how to use workers’ compensation data to help reduce the risks of occupational injuries and illnesses. From these workshops, NIOSH created “Workers’ Compensation Insurance: A Primer for Public Health” to describe elements of the workers’ compensation programs in the United States and the potential to use those records for public health purposes.
To get a copy of “Workers’ Compensation: A Primer for Public Health,” click here.