The importance of information dissemination in the prevention of occupational cancer.
Environ Health Perspect 1995 Nov; 103(Suppl 8):217-218
The importance of information dissemination in the prevention of occupational cancer was addressed. The dissemination of research results is hypothesized to result in changes in work process and thus, the reduction of occupational exposures to carcinogens. This process likely involves new governmental policies and the use of information by independent labor and management. The results of research on silicosis was used as an illustration. Several conclusions were drawn. Better understanding on whether the message is getting to the right audience, and whether the right kind of information is being delivered is needed. The barriers to implementation of the information need to be understood. For example, cost, lack of knowledge, and technical problems might have prevented the wide use of wet drilling of silica (14808607) containing material. More effective hazard surveillance data need to be developed in order to monitor the exposure and incidence of occupational carcinogens over time. Epidemiological studies with careful exposure assessments are expected to contribute important information to the understanding of the effects of some commonly occurring potential carcinogens. The author concludes that a better utilization of information and further research need to be achieved to expand the knowledge about the occupational carcinogens.
NIOSH-Author; Occupational-exposure; Disease-control; Epidemiology; Disease-prevention; Lung-cancer; Surveillance-programs; Industrial-hygiene;
Environmental Health Perspectives