The updated list of occupational sentinel health events (SHE(O)s) was discussed. A SHE(O) was defined as an occupationally related disease, disability, or untimely death that could provide the impetus for epidemiological or industrial hygiene studies or serve as a warning sign that control measures such as material substitution, engineering controls, or personal protection or medical care may be required. The updated list was a revision of the original 1983 list that contained 50 occupationally related disease conditions coded according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) system. In updating the 1983 list, 314 articles from the occupational health literature were reviewed. The updated list contained 64 disease conditions, of which 11 were new inclusions: fish fanciers' finger, herpetic whitlow, human immunodeficiency virus infection, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, leptospirosis, histoplasmosis, sporotrichosis, malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx, mononeuritis of the upper limb and mononeuritic multiplex, unspecified allergic alveolitis, and skeletal fluorosis. The three other new listings were revisions of conditions on the 1983 list. The conditions on the new list were arranged in ascending order of the ICD code. The new list also contained information on the specific industry or occupation where the condition was known to occur, the etiological agent, and whether the condition could be controlled, prevented or treated.
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Author Keywords: occupational disease prevention; occupational disease surveillance; epidemiology; occupational mortality surveillance