Occupational Health

Occupational health refers to the identification and control of the risks from physical, chemical, and other workplace hazards in order to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment. Every year workers are injured on the job or become ill as a result of exposure to health hazards at work that can lead to cancers, accidents, musculoskeletal diseases, respiratory diseases, hearing loss, circulatory diseases, stress related disorders, and communicable diseases. Occupational health indicators are measures of health (work-related disease or injury) or factors associated with health (workplace exposures, hazards or interventions) and include demographics of Missouri workers.

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the United States.

Violence is a common risk for health care workers.

Workforce demographics include age, race, ethnicity, gender, industry and occupation. These data are used by citizens, governmental agencies, and businesses throughout the state to help guide priorities for prevention and intervention efforts to improve the health of Missouri workers. Health outcomes include information on burns, amputations, workers’ compensation claims and some cancers.

For more information, contact the Department of Health and Senior Service's Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology, at (573) 751-6102.

Blood Lead Levels


High-Risk Industries and Occupations


Musculoskeletal Disorders

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Inspections

Pesticide Poisoning


Pneumoconiosis Deaths

Safety and Health Professionals

Worker's Compensation - Amputations

Worker's Compensation - Awards

Worker's Compensation - Carpal Tunnel

Work-Related Amputations

Work-Related Burns

Work-Related Deaths

Work-Related Hospitalizations

Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

Work-Related Low Back Disorders

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