One of the goals is to develop strong relationships with various interest groups working in the field of occupational health and safety.
Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission-We work extensively with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC) on an array of projects. The goal of the interagency agreement between IWCC and UIC is to establish workers' compensation data for use in describing occupational illnesses and injuries in Illinois. Since the agreement was finalized on December 5, 2006, we have:
- Continue current research programs: construction related injuries, amputations, and medical interpreters' role in disseminating workers compensation information at the time of injury, data linkage, and ethnic disparities
- Continue student and worker training programs.
- Co-hosted the national Occupational Health Disparities conference in Chicago, September 14-15, 2011.
- Participate in meetings and leadership activities related to occupational injury and illness prevention, serving as a hub for occupational illness and injury prevention activities among Illinois state agencies.
- Expand a sentinel warning system for occupational amputations. See our presentation
- Assisted the State Attorney General and IWCC in an investigation of cumulative trauma disorders among prison guards in Illinois. See some of the photos taken during our site walk-through.
Illinois Department of Public Health -The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is a key partner in our occupational health and safety activities in the State. The goal of partnership is to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, and improve the health of the working public. IDPH provides us with important data and helps facilitate interventions and education programs with other State partners. Our work with IDPH has included reporting data from Trauma Registry, serving on EMS/Trauma strategic planning committee, assisting with general injury strategic planning, placing a CSTE Epidemiology Fellow, coordinating HRSA Preventive Medicine training, and filling residency slots at Stroger Hosptial. A summary of our prior work with IDPH can be found here.
Cook County Department of Public Health -We were contracted by CCDPH to analyze medical record data in order to evaluate the trauma system in southern Cook County. For the full final report click here.
Chicago Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Labor - We have presented amputations data from the trauma registry, work comp data, hospital discharge showing that the repeat offenders and the worst injuries were among workers employed by temporary employment agencies and the State of Illinois (public sector employees are under the enforcement purview of IDOL); working on interagency agreement with SPH and IDOL to collaborate on intervention work.
Region 5 OSHA - We have presented amputations data from the trauma registry, work comp data, hospital discharge showing that the repeat offenders and the worst injuries were among workers employed by temporary employment agencies. We are currently working on expanding our sentinel warning system for occupational amputations to include OSHA. The goal is to provide OSHA with valuable data in near real time that can be utilized to improve enforcement activities in Illinois. A summary of one of our presentations can be found here
United Auto Workers - With the help of the UAW in identifying auto companies in Illinois, we recently did a project to describe occupational injuries in the automobile industry using workers compensation data. We found a very high recordable injury and illness rate compared to other economic sectors. We were able to look at factors related to demographics of the injured workers and also the diagnoses of the specific injuries. We think it would be best to focus on five of the largest employers in order to try to better understand the circumstances of the injuries with the goal of targeting prevention activities.