The case for worker notification.
Ann NY Acad Sci 1989 Dec; 572:133-141
The need for a national system of notification and intervention for workers with a high risk of disease was discussed. Three demonstration intervention projects were described: Augusta Chemical Company, Pattern Makers League of North America, and Port Allegany Asbestos Health Program. The projects demonstrated that notification and intervention can be provided feasibly within the structures of community health and labor management relations at minimum cost. The suggestion that an organized program of notification and intervention is litigious was not supported by the facts. The suggestion that an organized program of notification and intervention is economically not viable ignored the reality that the costs of occupational disability and premature death today are borne by the victims and society in the amount of approximately one trillion dollars. The author views the High Risk Occupational Disease Notification and Intervention Act as an important step towards creating a national system for dealing with this problem.
NIOSH-Publication; Legislation; Industrial-hazards; Risk-factors; Regulations; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-exposure; Worker-health; Occupational-health-programs
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences