Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program (OHSSP)

Men looking at notebook The Iowa Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program (OHSSP) is part of the Iowa Department of Public Health Environmental Health Division. The program focuses on Iowa data surveillance related to worker health and safety. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and includes the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) program, the Pesticide Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk (SENSOR) program, and the Fatalities Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program.

Iowa Department of Public Health OHSSP

  • Compiles and analyzes Iowa data for national Occupational Health Indicators
  • Compiles and analyzes Iowa data for Healthy Iowans: Iowans Health Improvement Plan 2012 2016
  • Partners with other programs and agencies to address work-related hazards and health issues impacting Iowa workers based on surveillance data.
  • Responds to work-related events requiring public health assistance, including conditions requiring mandatory reporting, Iowa Administrative Code 641 Chapter 1.
  • Contracts with the University of Iowa Department of Occupational and Environmental Health for the Iowa FACE program.
  • Provides periodic email updates. Send a blank email to join the IDPH OHSSP email list.

Did You Know?

  • Final data for 2012 demonstrated an unexpected increase in traumatic work-related fatal injuries, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reporting 97 deaths, or a rate of 6.6 worker deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.
  • Iowa continues to have a higher rate of work-related fatal injuries than the US, which had a rate of 3.4/100,000 FTE in 2012.
  • Preliminary data from both the Iowa Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program and BLS indicate 71 worker deaths in 2013 or 4.7 deaths per 100,000 FTE workers. This would be 16% below the 10 year average number of deaths, and below the 2008 Healthy Iowans baseline of 6.0/100,000 FTE. Final data for 2013 may indicate less improvement.
  • Iowa has a higher percentage of older worker deaths (55 years of age or older) than the US with a 2010-2012 3-year average of 44% compared to a US average of 32%. (IA FACE and BLS CFOI data ).


Other Information

Agriculture and Rural Health & Safety

The Iowa Department of Public Health Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program is hosting the 2016 Farm Progress Show Health and Safety Tent, August 30 - September 1.

The event is held west of Boone, Iowa and east of Ames, Iowa at the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 17. General information can be found at http://farmprogressshow.com/.  The Health & Safety Tent (HST) is in a new location this year - Lot #1358, which is by Gate 4 on the far southeast side of the Exhibit Field.  Details for the HST are posted below and will be updated as needed.  Check out the list of our partners and their exhibit plans.  New this year is our Farmer's Coffee Corner. IDPH will be tweeting out updates during the show  @IAPublicHealth.  Please share our information on social media with the hashtag #2016FPSHealthandSafetyTent.  Questions: contact Kathy at IDPH.OHSS@idph.iowa.gov or after the show at 800-972-2026.