RAND explores how to improve workplace safety as well as both physical and mental health in such diverse sectors as mining, health care, refineries, factories, construction, and corporate or white-collar work.
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Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace;
RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment;
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States with low nonfatal injury rates and high fatality rates tend to be in the South, have lower workers' compensation benefits, be less unionized, and pay lower wages—while states with high nonfatal injury rates and lower fatality rates tend to be in the West, pay higher benefits and wages, be more strongly unionized, and carry out more workplace inspections.
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The first evaluation of the California Injury and Illness Prevention Program found evidence that it reduces workplace injuries, but only at businesses that had been cited for not addressing the regulation's more-specific safety mandates. Higher penalties could enhance compliance but having inspectors conduct more in-depth assessments and linking the violations and injuries to the program would have more impact.
Non-fatal injuries to police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other public safety workers are common, but little is done to track these incidents in order to improve prevention efforts.
February 12, 2007 news release: Pitt Professor Named Director of the Center for Health and Safety in Workplace at the RAND Corporation
May 5, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Finds That Small, Single-Location Workplaces Are Among the Safest Places to Work.
April 25, 2006 News Release: RAND Report Says Greater Effort Needed to Protect Workers from Health Risks Posed by Nanomaterials
April 24, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Proposes Guidelines to Better Protect Emergency Responders at Large Building Collapses