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Model for Occupational and Environmental Risk Factors: A Pilot Study.

Mason S; Rosenstock L; Horstman SW
NIOSH 1986:18-19
A report was presented on a project to extend the concept of the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) to a population of industrial workers. Data from a self administered Occupational History Questionnaire (OHHQ) and a clinical evaluation of patients at high risk for occupational disease were analyzed to attempt to find information of predictive value for morbidity from workplace exposure. Elements of the OHHQ concerned with work and exposure history were a job description, employment history, work related health problems, nonwork exposure (household, community, hobbies, smoking), specific occupational or environmental exposures (fumes and dusts, elements and metals, solvents, other chemicals, miscellaneous). Elements concerned with health history were health complaints and their relation to work, symptoms in fellow workers, demographic data, family history, past medical history, and symptoms and their relation to work. The surveillance program was utilized for 4000 plumbers and pipe fitters, a group of shipscalers, and members of a painters union. The authors conclude that the OHHQ has been validated as a self administered questionnaire and in its ability to discriminate in assessing hazardous exposure among workers.
Occupational-health-programs; Worker-health; Risk-factors; Health-protection; Industrial-hazards; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-health; Risk-analysis; Health-standards; Occupational-safety-programs; Questionnaires;
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Developmental Projects on Worksite HRAs (NIOSH), Selected Papers of the 21st Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, November 25, 1985, Society of Prospective Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, L. A. Miller, Ed.; pages 18-19
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