Symposium proceedings on occupational safety and health held in 1979 at the NIOSH Educational Resource Center, University of North Carolina were presented. State of the art in occupational health, the relationship between private practice and occupational medicine, and the Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) and NIOSH Technical Information Center (NIOSHTIC) information systems were discussed. Other topics presented at the symposium included physical fitness, health, and safety factors for female workers; quantitative diagnosis in pulmonary medicine; modifying factors in experimental lung cancer; pathogenesis of lung cancer; cytology in industrial applications; and early diagnosis of lung cancer. Symposium topics related to the furniture industry included: respiratory health effects of toluene-diisocyanate (584849); formaldehyde (50000) exposure in mobile homes; industrial hygiene aspects of the furniture industry; health effects of wood dust; and medical and nursing services in the furniture industry. The status of NIOSH funded educational resource centers also was discussed.