Concord, NH – A new report is now available on a survey of immigrants in New Hampshire and occupational health and work safety. A total of 366 individuals were asked about their jobs, injuries and illnesses, healthcare related to these injuries and illnesses, and working conditions in general. Twenty-nine reported being injured at work and most had never heard of workers’ compensation.
“With the increase in immigrants in New Hampshire it is important to understand how their experience may be different when it comes to public health issues such as workplace safety and health,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “Little data exists about occupational injury and illness by race, ethnicity, or language so we felt it was important to conduct this survey. This information will help inform future health policies and programs.”
Data for the study were collected on race, ethnicity, language, level of education, age, gender and work experience and conditions. The questionnaires were administered in the New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (NH COSH) worker safety and health trainings in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. The surveys were conducted by NH COSH staff and staff from the DHHS Division of Public Health Services, Occupational Health Surveillance Program (OHSP). The report was prepared by OHSP in partnership with NH COSH and the DHHS Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs.
To read the entire report, go to www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/hsdm/ohs/publications.htm.