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State-Based Surveillance


From 1988–2002, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio maintained sentinel (case-based) silicosis surveillance systems; Michigan and New Jersey continue to maintain their sentinel surveillance systems.  California conducted sentinel surveillance for silicosis from 2000–2002. New York conducts surveillance for all occupational lung diseases, including silicosis, through its long-standing Occupational Lung Disease Registry.

Hospital discharge data represent the primary ascertainment source. Other data sources include health care professional reports, review of death certificates, and workers' compensation data. In Michigan and New Jersey, demographics, work history, and medical information used for case confirmation and description are obtained through a combination of the initial case ascertainment source, a review of medical records, and follow-up telephone interview with the reported cases or their surviving next-of-kin.


Surveillance Guidelines for State Health Departments

Recommended guidelines for identifying and reporting actual or suspected cases of silicosis.

NIOSHTIC-2 Searches

NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.
Search Results for Silicosis (Search Terms: silica or silicosis.)


Select Resources and References

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), Occupational Health Indicators, 2000–2008
This document provides data on 20 occupational health indicators from 28 states and, where available, the United States. Two indicators relate to silicosis, Indicator #9: Hospitalizations from or with Pneumoconiosis and Indicator #10: Mortality from or with Pneumoconiosis.

Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance System (eWoRLD), Silicosis: State-Based Surveillance
Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance System (eWoRLD) that provides current state-based surveillance data for silicosis from participating states.