Earlier this month, NIOSH released "Workers' Compensation Insurance: A Primer for Public Health," a document intended to help occupational safety and health researchers and practitioners understand workers' compensation insurance, including ways that information in insurance industry records may be used for OHS purposes.
According to NIOSH, workers' compensation records can be used to conduct research and surveillance to help prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and hazards. Though a recent NIOSH blog post outlines the limitations of using this data for OHS research, the agency notes that these records may still be used for early detection of health outcomes in populations of workers and to help identify effective medical treatment for affected workers.
The new document contains information on workers' compensation benefits and premiums, the relationship between premiums and safety incentives, types of policies, and more.
Download the primer as a PDF on NIOSH's website.