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Health risk appraisal programs.
J Chronic Dis 1984 Nov; 37(11):874
This letter to the editor addressed the fact that a study on limitations of health hazard/health risk appraisal (HHA/HHR) programs omitted to mention that most of these programs did not include adequate evaluation of occupational risk factors. Occupational chemical exposures and physical hazards form major risks for employees, but are modifiable by preventive measures. Information on individuals that was pertinent to personal risk appraisal was available to government agencies, universities, labor unions and corporations, but was not available for inclusion in these HHA/HHR appraisals. Another level of risk information such as susceptibility to genetic disease was pertinent, but available only after clinical intervention. A variety of occupational risk information existed, but an employee could provide this information only if some other party made it available. Public policy in the last 15 years had promoted the decompartmentalization of this risk information, and its availability to pertinent persons. The Centers for Disease Control was developing a new risk appraisal instrument which included occupational variables as risk factors. The author asserts that if risk assessment is to be useful in health promotion and disease prevention, a better representation of occupational disease risks must be included.
NIOSH-Author; Employee-exposure; Genetic-disorders; Health-hazards; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health-programs; Risk-analysis
Issue of Publication
Journal of Chronic Diseases
Page last reviewed: September 22, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division