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Identification of High Risk Occupational Groups and Industrial Processes Using RTECS/NOHS Data.

Pielmeier GR
NIOSH 1979 Nov:91 pages
Algorithms were developed which enable data to be combined from two NIOSH data files which contain information pertinent to worker exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace. These two files were the Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) and the National Occupational Hazard Survey (NOHS). Data in the RTECS data base indicate only the degree of toxicity of individual chemicals. Data in the NOHS data base indicate only the extent to which workers are exposed to chemicals and to other potential hazards. The algorithm developed not only allows the data contained in each of the data bases to be merged, but it also permits the production of five indexes. The Hazard Risk Index lists chemicals common to both original data bases ranked by the toxicological risk they pose. The Adjusted Hazard Risk Index lists the chemicals common to both ranked by their toxicological risk and the extent of worker exposure. The Industry Risk Index lists industries at the two, three, and four digit Standard Industrial Classification levels covered in the NOHS data base, ranked by the potential risk due to chemical exposure of workers in each industry. The Occupational Risk Index lists occupations covered in the NOHS data base ranked by potential chemical risk to workers in each occupation. The Occupation Within Industry Risk Index lists in three parts the occupations within each of the industries for which NOHS data are available at each SIC code level, ranked by the potential chemical risk to workers in those occupations within industries.
NIOSH-Publication; Contract-210-78-0076; Chemical-industry-workers; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Cancer-rates; Toxic-effects;
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Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio
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