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Each year, the Indiana Department of Labor's Quality, Metrics and Statistics (QMS) division administers the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) on behalf of the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This survey is conducted by federal and state programs nationwide to estimate the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that occur in the United States each year.
The SOII is the only comprehensive measure of work-related injuries and illnesses in American workplaces. Indiana conducts the survey from a sample of over 5,000 employers prepared by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employers selected represent nearly all Hoosier industries and all sizes of establishments. QMS collects and codes the case information from the surveys and provides it to the BLS for compilation and estimation of the number of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. We go to great lengths to ensure the confidentiality of the information collected in the SOII. Information that can be used to identify a particular business or employee will never be released by the BLS or QMS. The data released is only available in summary form and is only used for statistical purposes.
In 2015, Indiana's number of workplace injuries and illnesses returned to the historic low of 3.8 per 100 full-time workers. From an all-time high in 1994 of 11.0 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers to the current rate of 3.8, Hoosier employers and employees are adopting a culture of workplace safety and health.
This data is used by the Indiana Department of Labor and safety professionals to determine trends in workplace safety and health. For example, OSHA emphasis programs are often based on upward trends in a particular type if injury or in a specific occupation. INSafe uses this information to identify high-hazard industries for outreach and consultations. Indiana's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP) and Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) participants use these rates to benchmark their performance to other businesses in the same industry.
To be recorded as an incident for the SOII, a worker must be injured or made ill while engaged in the course of his/her job and require medical attention.
The SOII focuses on three principal classes of injuries and illnesses:
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