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New report finds that immigrant workers in New Hampshire are ill-informed of occupational health and safety issues

A new report from NHCOSH and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services found that immigrants in the state knew little about occupational health and safety.

The groups surveyed 366 immigrant workers in New Hampshire about their experiences with occupational health and safety. Of these workers, 62 percent said they had never heard of workers’ compensation, and 10 percent of the respondents who worked in the U.S. reported that they had been injured on the job.

Additionally, 69 percent of the respondents reported that they always or sometimes maintain tiring or painful positions at work.

Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau suggest that between 2000 and 2010, immigration may have accounted for half of the New Hampshire’s overall migration gain.

"With the increase in immigrants in New Hampshire, it is important to understand how their experience may be different when it comes to public health issues, such as workplace safety and health," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). "Little data exists about occupational injury and illness by race, ethnicity, or language, so we felt it was important to conduct this survey. This information will help inform future health policies and programs."

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