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Facts And Statistics Don’t Lie

The following are statistics as they relate to the Occupational Healthcare and Drug Testing industries.  The numbers are overwhelming and conclude that every employer should incorporate a substance abuse testing program to ensure a happy, healthy and safe workplace.  

 

The 2006 rate of occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work was 128 per 10,000 workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department Labor.  There were 1.2 million cases requiring days away from work in private industry, which represented a decrease of 51,180 cases (or 4 percent).  Median days away from work—a key measure of the severity of the injury or illness—was 7 days in 2006, the same as the prior two years.

About one in twelve workers exposed to high levels of noise in the workplace will develop hearing loss.  Although hearing loss due to noise cannot be treated or cured, it can be prevented.

The CDC reports a dramatic rise in the number of U.S. hospitalizations of kidney disease.  The annual number of those hospitalizations quadrupled from 1980 to 2005, according to the CDC.  That figure rose from about 416,000 hospitalizations in 1980 to 1.6 million in 2005, for a total of about 10 million hospitalizations from 1980 to 2005.

Occupational lung disease is the number one cause of work-related illness in the United States in terms of frequency, severity and preventability.

In 2007, a total of 13,293 tuberculosis (TB) cases were reported in the United States; the TB rate declined 4.2% from 2006 to 4.4 cases per 100,000 population.  The TB incidence rate in 2007 was the lowest recorded since national reporting began in 1953.  Despite this overall improvement, progress has slowed in recent years; the average annual percentage decline in the TB rate slowed from 7.3% per year during 1993--2000 to 3.8% during 2000--2007.* Foreign-born persons and racial/ethnic minorities continued to bear a disproportionate burden of TB disease in the United States.  In 2007, the TB rate in foreign-born persons in the United States was 9.7 times higher than in U.S.-born persons.

Vision problems cost U.S. businesses an estimated $8 billion each year in lost productivity, a new 2007 report finds.

Only 36 percent of all health care workers are immunized against influenza each year.  Transmission of influenza from health care workers to patients has been documented in nearly every health care setting, and multiple studies show that 70 percent or more of health care workers continue to work despite being ill with influenza, increasing exposure of patients and co-workers.

Coronary heart disease is the No.  1 cause of death in the United States.  Stroke is the No.  3 cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious disability.

Every year in the United States, on average: 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and about 36,000 people die from flu.

In 2006, the most recent year for which government statistics are available, an estimated 60,000 workers died due to occupational disease.


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