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CDC HELPS U.S. EMPLOYERS PROTECT AGAINST COSTLY SAFETY AND HEALTH THREATS

Today’s employers are challenged not only by well-recognized risks of hazards and injuries such as traumatic injury and chemical exposures, but also by complex, emerging issues such as shifting employment relationships, work-related stress disorders, an aging workforce and chronic diseases.

The national economic burden of worker injuries and illnesses is $263 billion annually. Contingent workers, such as part-time, temporary and contract workers, will make up 40 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020, and have up to twice the risk of on-the-job injuries compared to traditional employees.

Workers who are 65 and older, a population which grew by 117 percent from 1994 to 2014, experience approximately four times the rate of fatalities of workers ages 18 to 24. However, there are practical steps businesses can take to address these concerns.

In this issue of Business Pulse, learn how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helps U.S. employers address worker safety and health, and explore actions businesses of all sizes can take to keep workers safe and healthy while improving business productivity and financial performance.

Published November 2015