Mortality by occupation, industry, and cause of death, 24 reporting states (1984-1988).
Health departments from 24 states have provided occupational and industry coded death certificate data for at least 1 year from 1984 through 1988 for analysis. Occupational industry, and cause of death data were collected through this program for 1,062,000 white men, 139,834 black men, 438,603 white women, and 72,976 black women. Age adjusted, race and gender specific proportionate mortality ratios were used to analyze the data. There were 192 cause of death categories, 325 occupational categories, and 235 industry categories. The findings demonstrated that analyses of death certificate data are useful for the surveillance of occupational mortality. Malignant neoplasms of the trachea, bronchus, and lung in insulation workers was noted through the time trend analyses, along with alcohol associated disease in bartenders, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and coal workers pneumoconiosis in mining machine operators, and accidents caused by electricity in electricians. This analysis of data from a large population was able to examine the mortality profile for smaller occupations and industries and to include rarer causes of death than would be possible on the individual state analysis level. The publication included 48 printed pages plus 306 pages of tabular material on a DOS format diskette.