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Evaluating the Michigan SENSOR Surveillance Program for work-related asthma.

Authors
Reed-PL; Rosenman-K; Gardiner-J; Reeves-M; Reilly-MJ
Source
Am J Ind Med 2007 Sep; 50(9):646-656
NIOSHTIC No.
20033655
Abstract
Background: Most Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections are based on employee complaints or targeting of industry groupings. Limited use has been made of illness data to target inspections and evaluation of such targeting is even more limited. Methods: This study compared 545 Michigan OSHA (MIOSHA) inspections performed as follow up to reports of work-related asthma (WRA) with 12,268 non-disease initiated OSHA inspections performed during the same time period (1989-2002). Results: SENSOR asthma inspections were more likely to be conducted in larger, unionized employers. Although the likelihood of citations (50%), type of citation, and monetary penalties (30%) were not different between disease and non-disease initiated inspections, the number of citations and amount of monetary penalties were less in disease initiated inspections. Citations and penalties were more likely for small as compared to large employers, and were less likely at unionized worksites. Conclusions: Even without the availability of specific standards for agents that cause WRA, inspections triggered by a WRA index case are very much like other inspected worksites in terms of the prevalence of violations observed at the worksite. The advisability of making referrals to OSHA and additional ways to evaluate the effectiveness of this type of intervention model are discussed.
Keywords
Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Quantitative-analysis; Statistical-analysis
Contact
Philip L. Reed, Director, Biomedical Research & Informatics Center, Michigan State University, 100 Conrad Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1327
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20070901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
reedph@ht.msu.edu
Funding Amount
374980
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Grant
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-515856; U01-OH-007306; U60-OH-008466
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MI
Performing Organization
Michigan Department of Health
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