Joint Meeting with the AIHA

Posted: Dec 20, 2017

  • March 13, 2018
    11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Luncheon Menu

Presentation Topic: Colorado Occupational Health Indicators and other surveillance activities such as ABLES and CFOI that are conducted at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Occupational health indicators are measures of health (work-related disease or injury) or factors associated with health (workplace exposures, hazards, or interventions) that allow a state to compare its health or risk status with that of other states and evaluate trends over time. These data can help guide priorities for prevention and intervention efforts. The indicators that have been developed represent the consensus view of state and NIOSH representatives and are intended as advisory to the states The indicators are intended to be used in conjunction with other guidelines for state-based surveillance of occupational injuries and illnesses (NIOSH 1995, CSTE 2001) and to be used as a complement to overall state and national goals to improve the health of the population (DHHS 2000).


Understand the Occupational Health indicator data that is collected in Colorado as a resource for health and safety professionals and reasoning behind the data collected.

Learn about current lead surveillance activities in adults (ABLES project)

Understand the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data (CFOI) for Colorado

Roberta Smith, RN, MSPH, CIC, CIH, COHN-S, has spent her career exploring the many facets of public health.  She has over 17 years of experience in the fields of public health, occupational health, industrial hygiene, and infection control.  She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in environmental health and in nursing.  She holds a Master’s of Science in Public Health and certifications in infection control and in industrial hygiene, and as an occupational health nurse specialist.  In her career, she has assisted with outbreak investigations, helped to prevent polio from spreading in Niger, West Africa, and has participated in developing influenza immunization policy for the state of Colorado.  She currently is the Occupational Health Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In this role, she conducts surveillance for occupational health indicators in Colorado, promotes safe working practices in Colorado industries, provides resources to Colorado occupational health nurses, and continues to spread the gospel of good hand hygiene. Roberta is the chair of the AIHA healthcare worker group’s infection control subcommittee, she on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Section of AIHA. She is the six time Colorado State Biathlon champion and races her bike for the Colorado based Naked Women’s Racing team.



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1620 Maple St, Ben H Parker Student Center, Golden, Colorado, 80401