Conceptual framework for occupational health surveillance.
Spirtas-R; Sundin-DS; Sestito-JP; Behrens-VJ; French-J
NIOSH 1978 Mar; :1-20
The current status of occupational health surveillance is explored. A comparison is made with surveillance system in other countries, and it is concluded that the present reporting systems in the U.S. are inadequate for occupational health surveillance. A flow diagram is proposed which shows how various sources of data can be combined to facilitate the flow of information necessary for a better understanding of occupational health hazards. It is posited that information derived from such a program will permit the systematic identification of high risk occupational groups, relate exposures to specific health outcomes, and provide data which are prerequisite for establishing priorities of needs in research, evaluation, and control.
NIOSH-Author; Health-surveys; Data-analysis; Data-collection; Industrial-plant-workers; Information-systems; Industrial-hygiene; Preventive-medicine; Biohazards; Environmental-hazards; Exposure; Physiological-stress; Safety-engineering
NTIS Accession No.
DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 78-135
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health