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    Environmental Surveillance and Toxicology Branch
    Health Assessment and Toxicology Program
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: 1-888-681-0927
    Fax: 512-776-7222

Occupational Health Surveillance


The Environmental and Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology (EIET) unit of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) conducts activities to monitor occupational illness and injury among the Texas workforce, and recommends preventive interventions to improve worker health and safety. Since 1986, EIET has conducted surveillance of reportable occupational conditions, including acute pesticide-related illness and injury, elevated blood lead levels, asbestosis, silicosis, and other occupational illnesses and injuries. For the last 10 years, DSHS has received funding from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct additional health and safety surveillance, including tracking of a set of Occupational Health Indicators (OHIs) defined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

News and Updates

During 2007–2015, 10 states identified 3,222 illnesses related to “bug bomb” use. Learn more in the recent MMWR article, "Acute Illness and Injuries Related to Total Release Foggers- 10 States, 2007-2015"   

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Last updated January 27, 2021