The National Safety Council called on employers this Workers' Memorial Day, observed April 28, to better understand and identify the risks associated with occupational illnesses.

The organization has issued a new policy position (http://www.nsc.org/NewsDocuments/Occupational-Illness-125.pdf) with recommendations for employers to better address illnesses. Some of those include considering the latest available scientific research, consensus standards, employer best practices and other reliable sources of information for determining the most effective control strategies and determining how to improve reporting and tracking of occupational illnesses to support better understanding, prioritization, progress measurement and research.

The NSC has stated workplace-related illnesses are estimated to result in 53,000 deaths and 427,000 nonfatal illnesses each year, compared to workplace-related injuries, which are estimated to result in almost 4,000 deaths and 4.8 million injured requiring medical attention each year.

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