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A report on a workshop on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health B Reader Certification Program.

Authors
Attfield-MD; Wagner-GR
Source
J Occup Med 1992 Sep; 34(9):875-878
NIOSHTIC No.
00210964
Abstract
This report presents a summary of a 2 day workshop held to discuss the current status of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) B-reader certification program. The NIOSH-B reader program was used to train and certify physicians in the use of the International Labor Office (ILO) system for classifying radiographs for the presence of pneumoconioses. Recently, this program has been criticized for variability among readers, and for biased readings during legal proceedings. The workshop generated many comments and suggestions including the following: an endorsement for the continuation of such a program, the need for trained and competent readers able to participate in public health surveillance of dust exposed workers, ongoing quality assurance of readers beyond that offered by quadrennial recertification, the need to expand the training of medical practitioners to improve competence in the recognition and prevention of occupational lung diseases, and the need for further research.
Keywords
JOCMA7; NIOSH-Author; Diagnostic-techniques; Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-disease; X-ray-diagnosis; Chest-X-rays; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis; Pneumoconiosis
CODEN
JOCMA7
Publication Date
19920901
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
0096-1736
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
Source Name
Journal of Occupational Medicine
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