Occupational Health Program

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Each workday in Wisconsin, close to 3 million residents older than 16 years report to work, and more than 300 occupational injuries or illnesses will be reported. There are most likely more injuries or illnesses occurring, but sometimes events go unrecognized and unreported.

Occupational health is the surveillance, promotion and maintenance of the well-being of workers in all occupations. The Wisconsin Occupational Health Surveillance Program works to track and promote workers' health and work capacity. We do this by measuring workplace injury, illness and death rates, educating employers and workers to our findings and suggesting interventions that will improve the work environment to become more conducive to worker safety and health.

The workplace has a direct connection to people's health. Occupational health programs located within the Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH) offer a variety of ways to improve the quality of life for workers and their families through surveillance, educational opportunities and the development of workplace health policy.


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Last Revised: July 31, 2017