Occupational Disease Registry

Adult Blood Lead Registry

The Department's Adult Blood Lead Registry (ABLR) is a surveillance program of laboratory-reported adult blood levels. ABLR collects data on cases of elevated blood lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL) and above for adults 16 years of age and older and notifies federal enforcement agencies to trigger inspections and/or interventions. Currently, ABLR is funded through a purchase order for data with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance program. The purpose of ABLR is to accurately measure trends in adult blood lead levels and effectively intervene to prevent lead over-exposures.

ABLR data for Illinois is published annually in the Illinois Health and Hazardous Substances Registry Annual Report.

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) developed the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) as a cooperative venture between the states and the federal government to gather data about fatal occupational injuries. The Illinois Department of Public Health has participated in CFOI since 1993. The purpose of the Illinois CFOI is to monitor, with verification, all fatal work injuries by collecting information on the circumstances of each fatality and on the characteristics of each decedent. The data compiled by the CFOI program are published each year and contain information on the workers involved and the event surrounding each fatality

Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) focuses on surveillance of non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses. The Illinois SOII is supported through a cooperative agreement between the states and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The Illinois data are pooled with that from other states to provide the total injury and illness rate for each industrial group at the national level. Because of Illinois' participation, the state-specific data also are published annually giving information on incidence rates for the type of injury, body part of the injury, source of the injury and event causing the injury for non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses.

The Department began participating in the SOII in October 1998. BLS determines the survey sample of Illinois businesses and governmental agencies, supplies the necessary questionnaire booklets and computer systems, and performs data analyses and tabulations. The Department receives the completed booklets from various companies, provides follow-up with companies to collect missing data, codes supplied information, and enters the data into a BLS computer system. Illinois specific data, including counts and rates, have been released since 1998.