Occupational injuries statistics from household surveys and establishment surveys

The manual provides valuable advice to those involved in the production of statistics on occupational injuries, using sources other than the traditional notification systems. Its extensive chapters on concepts and definitions, as well as types of data and classifications, will serve as a reference to both producers and users of these statistics. While aimed at the collection of data through household surveys and establishment surveys, the manual will also be useful to those responsible for the systems for the notification of occupational injuries. It may serve to improve some of the elements of the data compiled through these systems. The training materials at the end will also be useful for training labour statisticians and users of the statistics.


Data on the distribution of persons injured and their injuries, as well as occupational accidents, are essential for planning preventive measures. Workers in occupations and activities of highest risk can be targeted more effectively for safety campaigns, inspection visits, and the development of safety equipment, procedures and regulations. With data classified by sex and age, and other characteristics, high-risk groups in different segments of the working population can be identified and targeted. When measured over a period of time, the data can reveal progress or deterioration in occupational safety, and thus the effectiveness of prevention measures.