Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program

Men looking at notebookThe Iowa Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program is part of the Iowa Department of Public Health Acute Disease Prevention, Emergency Response, and Environmental Health Division. The program focuses on Iowa data surveillance related to worker health and safety. The IDPH OHSSP is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and includes the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance program (ABLES).

Iowa Department of Public Health OHSSPOHSSP

Did You Know?

  • Final data for 2016 demonstrated an increase in fatal occupational injuries in Iowa, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reporting 76 deaths, or a rate of 4.8 worker deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. In 2014, there were 91 Iowa deaths reported (5.8/100,000 FTE) and in 2015 there were 60 Iowa deaths reported (3.9/100,000 FTE). 
  • Iowa continues to have a higher rate of work-related fatal injuries than the U.S., which had a rate of 3.6/100,000 FTE in 2016.
  • The three industry sectors in Iowa with the highest rates of fatal occupational injuries in 2016 are Agriculture* (16.7), Construction (12.0), and Transportation and Utilities (12.9).
  • IDPH OHSSP calculations of 2014-2016 data show that an average of 18%** of the Iowa workforce by industry sector averaged 57% of the work injury fatalities:
    • Agriculture*: 7% of the workforce, 28% of the work fatalities.
    • Construction: 7% of the workforce, 20% of the work fatalities.
    • Transportation and warehousing: 5% of the workforce, 9% of the work fatalities.

*Includes agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting but for Iowa, the majority of fatal occupational injuries are related to agriculture. **Sector percentages do not total exactly as whole numbers due to rounding of fractions.


Other Information

Agriculture and Rural Health & Safety

The Iowa Department of Public Health Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program will host the 2018 Farm Progress Show Health and Safety Tent, August 28-30.

The event is held in Iowa west of Boone and east of Ames at the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 17 every other year. If you are interested in partnering as an exhibitor in the 2018 Health & Safety Tent area, contact Kathy at 800-972-2026.