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Occupational Safety and Health for Public Safety Employees: Assessing the Evidence and the Implications for Public Policy
     

Occupational Safety and Health for Public Safety Employees: Assessing the Evidence and the Implications for Public Policy

by Tom LaTourrette, David S. Loughran, Seth A. Seabury
 

ISBN-10: 0833046217

ISBN-13: 9780833046215

Pub. Date: 01/16/2009

Publisher: RAND Corporation

Police officers, firefighters, and other public safety workers face exceptionally high rates of injury and fatality relative to the general workforce. This document provides an analysis of the risk factors associated with different aspects of public safety occupations, to help policymakers in their efforts to improve the health and safety of these employees.

Overview

Police officers, firefighters, and other public safety workers face exceptionally high rates of injury and fatality relative to the general workforce. This document provides an analysis of the risk factors associated with different aspects of public safety occupations, to help policymakers in their efforts to improve the health and safety of these employees.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780833046215
Publisher:
RAND Corporation
Publication date:
01/16/2009
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface iii

Figures xi

Tables xiii

Summary xv

Acknowledgments xxvii

Abbreviations xxix

Chapter One Introduction 1

1.1 Background and Research Goals 1

1.2 Defining the Study Population 4

1.3 Organization of This Report 5

Chapter Two Description of Injury and Disability Compensation for Public Safety Employees 7

2.1 Workers' Compensation Benefits 7

2.2 Disability Retirement Benefits 11

Chapter Three What Is Known About the Safety and Health of Public Safety Employees? 15

3.1 Methods and Data Sources 15

Surveillance Data 15

Empirical Studies 16

3.2 The Fire Service 16

Fire Service Fatalities 19

Fire Service Injuries 24

Health Outcomes in Firefighters 27

3.3 Emergency Medical Services 32

3.4 Law Enforcement 33

Law Enforcement Fatalities 34

Law Enforcement Injuries 36

Health Outcomes in Law Enforcement Officers 38

3.5 Discussion 39

Chapter Four Characterizing Current Strategies for Reducing Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Among Public Safety Employees 41

4.1 Roundtable Discussions 41

4.2 Safety and Health Protection Efforts in the Public Safety Workforce 43

Impediments to Safety and Health Promotion 45

Service-Wide Safety and Health Promotion Efforts 47

4.3 Comparing Safety and Health Risks and Promotion Strategies 50

Time Spent on Primary Work Activities 52

Correspondence Between Safety and Health Risks and Promotion Strategies 53

4.4 Discussion 58

Chapter Five The Health of Public Safety Workers Relative to That of Other Workers 61

5.1 The Incidence of Disability Across Occupations in the Current Population Survey 62

5.2 The Incidence of Poor Health Across Occupations in the National Health Interview Survey68

5.3 Discussion 84

Chapter Six Work-Related Disability Benefit Receipt and Disability Retirement Among Public Safety Employees 87

6.1 Data and Methods 89

6.2 Permanent Disability Benefit Receipt, by Occupation 94

6.3 Incentive Effects of Injury Compensation 98

6.4 Discussion 101

Chapter Seven Conclusions and Policy Implications 103

Appendixes

A Roundtable Discussion Protocol 109

B Assessing the Quality of the Match Between the Workers' Compensation and Disability Retirement Data 113

References 115

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