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Colorado Data & Reports



Occupational Health Indicators (OHI)

Occupational health is an important public health issue. Each year, on average, 112 work-related deaths occur in Colorado, accounting for approximately one work-related fatality every three to four days. Every year thousands more are injured on the job or become ill from work-related exposures. The individuals and families affected by occupational injury may bear substantial human and financial burdens from loss of income, independence and sometimes life. With adequate safety and health policies and procedures in place, work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities are preventable.


Read more in our latest surveillance reports:

Report Summary & References, 2012 Update pdf file  

Demographic Profile, 2000-2011 pdf file

Indicator 1: Non-Fatal Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, 2001-2010 pdf file

Indicator 2: All Work-Related Hospitalizations, 2001-2011 pdf file

Indicator 3: Fatal Work-Related Injuries, 2000-2011 pdf file

Indicator 4: Amputations Reported by Employers, Unable to Report pdf file

Indicator 5: Amputations Identified in the Workers' Compensation System, 2001-2010 pdf file

Indicator 6: Hospitalizations for Work-Related Burns, 2001-2011 pdf file

Indicator 7: Musculoskeletal Disorders Reported by Employers, Unable to Report pdf file

Indicator 8: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Identified in the Workers' Compensation System, 2001-2010 pdf file

Indicator 9: Pneumoconiosis Hospitalizations, 2001-2011 pdf file

Indicator 10: Pneumoconisis Mortality, 2001-2011 pdf file  

Indicator 11: Acute Work-Related Pesticide Poisonings, 2001-2011 pdf file

Indicator 12: Malignant Mesothelioma, 2001-2009 pdf file

Indicator 13: Adult Elevated Blood Lead Levels, 2008-2011 pdf file

Indicator 14: Employment in Industries with High Risk for Morbidity, 2001-2010 pdf file

Indicator 15: Employment in Occupations with High Risk for Morbidity, 2003-2011 pdf file

Indicator 16: Employment in Occupations and Industries with High Risk for Mortality, 2003-2011 pdf file

Indicator 17: Occupational Health and Safety Professionals, 2003-2009 pdf file

Indicator 18: OSHA Enforcement Activities, 2001-2011 pdf file

Indicator 19: Workers' Compensation Benefits, 2001-2010 pdf file

Indicator 20: Hospitalizations for Low Back Disorders, 2001-2011 pdf file



More Reports and Information on Work-Related Illness and injury in Colorado:



Blood Lead Levels (BLL) are reportable in Colorado per Colorado Revised Statute 25-1-122. All laboratories must report adult elevated BLLs to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. An elevated test for adults (age >18) is considered a BLL ≥ 10 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL). All BLL tests for children are also reportable.  Data on elevated BLLs for adults and children of working age (age 16 years and older) is collected and analyzed to:
  • Determine the number of workers in Colorado who may be lead poisoned, what industries they work in, where they live and work and whether they are potentially exposing their families to lead.


  • Track trends in the incidence and prevalence of occupational lead poisoning; share information with the public, health care providers, public health professionals and labor and industry stakeholders.


  • Identify and follow up on elevated blood lead reports to reduce lead poisoning in workers. Many tasks and jobs can expose workers to harmful levels of lead, but making simple changes in the workplace can usually prevent lead poisoning.


Please see the latest Colorado Occupational Health Indicators (OHI) Report for a summary of adult elevated BLL surveillance data.  


Information about lead exposure and prevention:





Rocky Flats Worker Studies and other related reports are available through the CDPHE Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division.  Click here to be directed to the appropriate website.