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Occupational Safety and Health for Public Safety Employees: Assessing the Evidence and the Implications for Public Policy

What kinds of injuries do public safety workers suffer? And how might the tracking of such injury incidents help improve prevention efforts in their workplace? These were some of the questions that motivated RAND organization researcher Tom LaTourrette and his colleagues as they set out to research this subject. Their work can be found in this 157-page report released in December 2008. The report includes some interesting findings, including the observation that little tracking of non-fatal incidents occurs within many public safety job settings, and that better data tracking could also help monitor potential abuses of the disability retirement system. Visitors will note that the report is divided into seven chapters, along with two appendices, and a complete list of references. Overall, it's a rather thorough review of this particular policy area, and one that will be useful to a number of different groups, including public policy scholars and civic officials.
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