Delivering health services to small industry in Colorado.
Occup Health Saf 1979 Sep; 48(6):42-45
A study was conducted in North Dakota to determine a profile of occupational health services for small industry in that state. The survey showed that 15 percent of the small industries had access to a physician on a part time basis, 9 percent were served by occupational health nurses, and none had access to industrial hygiene services. A study in Colorado investigated industries employing 99 or fewer persons. The results indicated a general lack of in house health services among the community. One third of the industrial population did not feel that present company structures allowed for services which were adequate to the needs of the employees. Not only did there appear to be a lack of services, but there also did not exist at the time of the study the mechanisms needed to deliver services to the small industrial enterprises. The authors recommend that quality services be offered to small industries from a broad base that includes both government supported services and services from within the private sector. Government supported services were deemed more likely to succeed if delivered at the state level, while in the private sector the development of cooperatives should be strongly considered.
IOHSA5; NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Industrial-safety; Industrial-health-programs; Occupational-health-programs; Worker-health
Microbiology Colorado State University Department of Microbiology Fort Collins, Colo 80523
Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
Occupational Health and Safety
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado