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Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance (KOSHS) Program

Workplace injuries and illnesses are a major cause for concern among Kentucky workers and are preventable through the development of prevention strategies based on behavioral, administrative, and engineering controls.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has funded the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health, to conduct surveillance of occupational injuries and illnesses.

The goals of the KOSHS program are to:

  • Identify industry sectors, occupations, and worker populations at high risk for work injuries and illnesses.
  • Identify potential risk factors, trends, and emerging issues
  • Develop and implement targeted strategies for dissemination of occupational injury data to those who can intervene in the workplace
  • Identify gaps in national occupational injury and illness surveillance systems
  • Advance the usefulness of surveillance data at the federal, state, and local levels

The aims of the KOSHS program are to:

  • Establish and maintain partnerships and collaborations with state partners, agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Conduct comprehensive multi-source population-based surveillance of occupational injuries and illnesses occurring in Kentucky using 26 occupational health indicators
  • Enhance the KOSHS program through response to emerging issues, and analyses, interpretation, and dissemination of occupational injury surveillance data

Program Contact: Terry Bunn

Program Contact: Michael Turner