2010 Brookhaven National Laboratory Annual Illness and Injury Surveillance Report [report]

2011 unpublished
Additional information about the Department of Energy's Offi ce of Illness and Injury Prevention Programs, the IISP, and annual reports for DOE sites participating in this program can be found at: http://www.hss.energy.gov/healthsafety/WSHP/epi/surv/ ACKNOWLEDGEMENT LifeART images The BNL work force totaled 2,840 workers in 2007, a slight increase from 2,774 workers in 2006. The number of workers at BNL declined from 2003 to 2006. The mean age of the work force has remained the same since 2005
more » ... or men (48 years) and women (46 years). There were a total of 129 absences among 91 women, a rate of 16.6 per 100 workers. Among 213 men, there were 300 absences, a rate of 14.5 per 100 workers. The absence rates for women were lower than the rates for men from 2003 until this year, in contrast to the overall trend among the DOE sites participating in the Illness and Injury Surveillance Program (IISP). For the sites as a group, the absence rates for women were at least 50 percent higher than those of men from 1995 to 2004. Conditions of the musculoskeletal and respiratory systems, injuries, and unspecified symptoms have been the most common diagnoses each year since 2003 for both men and women. Service workers had the highest rate for all diagnoses combined among women in 2007, more than double their 2006 rate. Among men, Security and Fire workers had the highest rate in 2007. Their rate was two-thirds greater in 2007 compared with 2006. Injury rates, which declined from 2004 to 2006, increased in 2007 for both men and women. The rate of musculoskeletal conditions increased sharply for women in 2007, but the rate has exhibited wide annual variation over the period 2003 through 2007. The rate of musculoskeletal conditions remained stable for men over the period. Rates of nervous system and chronic respiratory disorders reported for men and women have remained fairly steady since 2003. BNL reported 87 definite and 4 possible occupational sentinel health event (SHEO) diagnoses in 2007. Musculoskeletal conditions (47 diagnoses) and injuries (24 diagnoses) accounted for most of the SHEO diagnoses. Six of those diagnoses were carpal tunnel syndrome, half of which were reported by women in the Service job category. Accidents were the cause of 42 of the 46 OSHA-recordable events in 2007. The most common type of accident was overexertion and strenuous movements, which accounted for 36 percent of the accidents; falls were the second most common. Fortythree of the 55 illness and injury diagnoses reported for OSHA events were injuries.
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