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OSH-4 Data Details

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OSH-4 Reduce pneumoconiosis deaths

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Surveillance System for Pneumoconiosis Mortality
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
2,430 (2005)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of deaths with pneumoconiosis (ICD-10 codes J60 to J66) coded as any mention on the death certificate (underlying or listed on the entity axis of the record)

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    Pneumoconiosis death data are extracted directly from mortality data made available by the National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System-Mortality (NVSS-M). Any mention of deaths due to asbestosis, silicosis, coal workers' pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, or other and unspecified pneumoconioses on the death certificate are counted. Specifically, deaths counted are those with one or more of the above pneumoconioses based on the ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision) codes listed as underlying cause or listed on the entity axis of the multiple-cause-of-death record. Data are restricted to decedents aged 15 years and older in order to more closely represent members of the working population.

    While pneumoconiosis is preventable through effective control of worker exposure to occupational dusts, there are still over an average of 2,600 pneumoconiosis deaths per year since 2000.


Additional resources about the objective

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Occupational respiratory disease surveillance.