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Knowledge management in occupational hygiene: the United States example.

Authors
Schulte-PA; Lentz-TJ; Anderson-VP; Lamborg-AD
Source
Ann Occup Hyg 2004 Oct; 48(7):583-594
NIOSHTIC No.
20025484
Abstract
Knowledge management is an emerging field focusing on assessing the creation, transfer, and utilization of knowledge to address specific challenges. Generally, knowledge management has described efforts within and between companies to consider knowledge as a manageable asset. In this paper, we suggest that occupational hygiene knowledge can be considered a manageable asset by businesses and that the entire field of occupational hygiene in the USA can be appraised in terms of knowledge management. The knowledge cycle creates a foundation for knowledge management. Knowledge creation (research, recognition and evaluation), transfer (distribution, dissemination and diffusion), and utilization (risk management and control) make up the key elements of the knowledge cycle. Defining and understanding the roles of knowledge cycle elements facilitate the application of knowledge management to problems, systems, and situations in individual companies and in the field of occupational hygiene in general. Examples of current, effective knowledge management practices within occupational hygiene in the USA are described, and recommendations for further utilization of knowledge management principles are also presented.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Hygienists; Industrial-hygiene; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Information-processing; Information-systems
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MS-C14, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA
CODEN
AOHYA3
Publication Date
20041001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
pas4@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0003-4878
NIOSH Division
EID
Source Name
Annals of Occupational Hygiene
State
OH
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