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Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational injuries, fatal and non-fatal, are serious public health concerns which are largely preventable through efforts such as occupational health surveillance, enforcement, outreach, compliance assistance, training, and education.


Progress Toward Target

*Figures shown are a mix of counts, percentages, rates, and ratios. Click the Objective statement for more information about the corresponding measure.

Exceeding Target
At/Making progress toward Target
Not progressing toward Target
Negative progression toward Target

Work-related illnesses and injuries include any illness or injury incurred by an employee engaged in work-related activities while on or off the worksite.  Successful approaches to making New Jersey workplaces healthier and safer begin by collecting the information necessary to understand the problem. Using multiple data sources to track workplace injury and illness, the NJDOH Occupational Health Surveillance Unit develops intervention strategies and practical solutions to reduce hazards in New Jersey workplaces. 


Final Assessment

Three of the four Occupational Safety and Health targets were achieved by 2020.

  • Targets were achieved for:
    • Construction-related fatalies
    • Pneumoconiosis deaths
    • Occupational lead exposure
  • The target was not achieved for overall (all industries) work-related fatalities.


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