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Poison centers: a resource for occupational health.

Clark S; Sigell L; Sublet V; Bonfiglio F; Gartside P; Hayes K; Kline S; Linz D; Millman S; Radike M; Rice C; Siegel E
Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 1992 Jan; :1-410
The usefulness of poison centers as resources for occupational health services was assessed. The study was conducted in a large regional poison control center and an academic department involved in comprehensive occupational and environmental studies, which carried out research and training in occupational medicine, industrial hygiene and toxicology. Activities included in the project were a needs evaluation of 98 poison control centers in the United States, the development of an occupational health training course for poison information specialists, the development of model protocols for use by poison centers in responding to requests for information on hazardous chemicals in the workplace, an assessment of whether poison centers could play a significant role in occupational health surveillance, the design of data sheets for use by the poison centers in order to standardize data collection methods, and the evaluation of the services provided by the poison center. Results indicated that: poison information centers utilized local health department publications more frequently than those from NIOSH, OSHA, or the Environmental Protection Agency; the POISINDEX was used frequently; solvents were the most frequently cited exposure substance; and in more than one half of the cases, Material Safety Data Sheets were either unavailable or unknown to the exposed person.
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Toxicology; Industrial-poisons; Information-systems; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Poison-control; Toxic-effects
Environmental Health University of Cincinnati Dept of Environmental Health Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0056
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Final Grant Report
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Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
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Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
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University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Page last reviewed: February 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division