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Category Press Release
Publish Date 1/9/2024
Author Paul Cochrane
Title BLS Releases Injuries and Illnesses Report and EHS Resources in California to Protect Workers
Introduction LA Testing offers industrial hygiene and environmental, health and safety (EHS) testing services, sampling supplies, monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to safeguard workers and to support employer compliance efforts.

Huntington Beach, CA, January 9, 2024

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published its latest account of employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses last month. This most recent report shows workplace injuries and illnesses on the rise covering the 2-year period of 2021-2022.

According to BLS, private industry employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2022, up 7.5% from 2021. This increase was driven by the rise in both injuries, up 4.5% to 2.3 million cases, and illnesses up 26.1% to 460,700 cases. The increase in illnesses was driven by the rise in respiratory illness cases, up 35.4% to 365,000 cases in 2022.

BLS also reported that over the 2-year period there were 2.2 million cases involving days away from work (DAFW), representing 66.5% of the total cases involving days away from work, job restriction or transfer (DART). These cases occurred at an annualized incidence rate of 112.9 cases per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers and required a median of 10 days away from work. Over the same period, there were 1.1 million cases involving days of job transfer or restriction (DJTR), which accounted for 33.5% of total DART cases, and occurred at an annualized rate of 56.9 cases per 10,000 FTE workers. The median days of job transfer or restriction was 15 days over 2021-2022.

“Effective environmental, health and safety programs identify and manage workplace hazards before most can cause an injury or illness,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “LA Testing proudly supports EHS programs in California with industrial hygiene testing services for chemical, microbial and radiological hazards. Our California laboratories also provide sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, monitoring instruments, personal protective equipment, and other EHS tools.”

To learn more about industrial hygiene or environmental, health and safety testing resources, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794. For access to EHS test kits, visit

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for environmental and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, bacteria, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.

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