NIOSH Testimony on Economic Classification Policy Committee Issues Papers by R. W. Niemeier, May 28, 1993.
This testimony summarized information and comments from NIOSH regarding the proposal of the economic classification committee. NIOSH stresses the importance and usefulness of the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system, but also notes that there are limitations to applying the SIC to occupational injury and illness data. Inconsistencies in the present format of the SIC can also be a problem. Another limiting factor is the problem related to multipurpose industries. Production oriented systems may not work as well for service oriented businesses where all that is involved is a product with no clear production or raw material process. For the study of occupational exposures, a classification system derived on a supply side structure appears to be more appropriate. NIOSH suggests that it may be necessary to develop a standard code based on production oriented systems for those parts of the economy that are best suited for this, such as manufacturing, and a demand side system for that part of the economy more oriented towards demand side codes, such as services.