Perspectives on current occupational medical practice.
Occupational safety and health symposia 1977. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 78-169, 1978 Jun; :205-211
The role of the occupational physician and occupational medicine in the United States was reviewed with regard to the impacts of changed legislative and social structures, and increased awareness of health issues. Problems related to occupational toxicology and the development and enforcement of standards was illustrated using the proposed benzene (71432) standard. The 1 part per million standard proposed by OSHA was discussed in relation to results of epidemiological studies on leukemia. The medical surveillance program mandated by the proposed standard was cited for the increased level of responsibility placed upon occupational physicians for employee health monitoring, work site adherence to regulatory demands, control of industrial toxic materials, and early recognition of adverse health effects. The author concludes that although industrial toxic materials will be better controlled, and adverse health effects will be recognized earlier, this will not be without a great waste of time, effort and physician manpower.
Industrial-hygiene; Regulations; Threshold-limit-values; Air-quality-monitoring; Environmental-pollution; Occupational-exposure; Industrial-health-programs; Industrial-emissions
Occupational safety and health symposia 1977