1.6 Support the reduction of occupational safety and health (OSH) hazards in the Arctic, particularly in the commercial fishing, water, and air transportation industries as well as for those workers exposed to occupational hazards from climate change impacts.

Historically, Alaska has had a very high work-related fatality rate associated with its unique composition of industries and work settings. Recognizing that occupational safety and health hazards vary across industries and work settings in the Arctic, it is vital to establish a regional focus to advance understanding of OSH hazards and effective interventions needed for this unique state.

Performance elements from the Arctic research plan

  • 1.6.1 Together with the State of Alaska, document and describe occupational risks using epidemiologic surveillance.
  • 1.6.2 Together with the State of Alaska, conduct prevention-oriented research addressing fatal and nonfatal injuries and illnesses in high-risk worker populations.

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