Medication reporting in the workplace.
Hegmann-K; Greenlee-P; Johns-RE Jr.
J Occup Med 1991 Nov; 33(11):1131-1136
An evaluation was conducted to report the existence of a program dealing with medication self reporting, to determine the extent of use of medications with possible side effects affecting workplace safety, to determine the success or failure of employee compliance with the program, and to determine whether medication use could be correlated with reportable incidents as a measure of workplace safety. An incident cohort of 86 workers involved in 92 reportable incidents was randomly selected from a total of 229 workers employed in hazardous work areas who had been involved in 287 reportable incidents. A referent cohort of 89 workers involved in 92 episodes of random alcohol and drug screening was randomly selected from a total of 376 workers employed in hazardous or high security areas who had been selected for 378 episodes of random alcohol and drug screening tests during the same period. No relationship was noted between constrained medication use and measurements of workplace safety, possibly a consequence of the retrospective nature of this evaluation. A younger age and shorter employment time on site, less than 1 year, were greater determinants of reportable incident occurrence. Further information on the medication regimens of workers using constrained medications is needed to better assess the relationship between constrained mediation use and workplace safety at this site and in occupational settings in general.
JOCMA7; NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Training; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Substance-abuse; Workplace-studies
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Journal of Occupational Medicine
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