Predicting the consequences of the high-risk occupational disease notification and prevention act.
Ann NY Acad Sci 1989 Dec; 572:160-162
Three areas in which the High Risk Occupational Disease Notification and Prevention Act would affect both the health and the law were considered. One area was the issue as to whether they will increase the prevention of occupational disease. The second was whether the law will facilitate treatment of occupational disease. The third was whether the law will increase compensation for occupational disease. Currently there was no legal requirement that employers make any effort to correlate exposure data with mortality or morbidity data that they have. Many employers fear that if they discover new correlations, the regulators and personal injury lawyers will take advantage of the situation. Therefore, many employers feel they may be financially worse off as a result of performing epidemiological studies. The author concludes that the proposed Act may be viewed as a beneficial, humane, and essential law. It may be viewed as a potentially complicating factor in a flawed compensation system, or it may be viewed as both.
NIOSH-Publication; Legislation; Occupational-diseases; Regulations; Risk-analysis; Worker-health; Epidemiology; Occupational-health-programs
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences