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Occupational injury risk assessment: an unintended and unanticipated consequence of the red book.

Authors
Wassell-JT
Source
Hum Ecol Risk Assess 2003 Aug; 9(5):1383-1390
NIOSHTIC No.
20024184
Abstract
The authors of the National Research Council's report Risk Assessment in the Federal Government: Managing the Process, called the "Red Book," included reference to "other hazards" and "other Federal programs to reduce health risks." With the focus on chemicals and cancer, the authors probably never considered that the risk assessment and risk management processes that they debated would find application in evaluating traumatic workplace injuries to reduce disability and death on the job. The severity of the consequences of workplace hazards, which are mostly immediate and do not have the long latency associated with cancer, is a significant public health risk. Quantitative risk assessment, to determine the incremental effects of additional exposure, also plays an important role in the workplace. This paper discusses these issues and reviews some of the important papers that explain occupational injury risk assessment and its applicability to risk management.
Keywords
Accident-prevention; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Risk-analysis; Statistical-analysis
CODEN
HERAFR
Publication Date
20030801
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
1080-7039
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment
State
WV
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