Evaluation of occupational mortality surveillance.
Burnett-CA; Robinson-C; Salg-J; Lalich-N
National Conference on State-Based Occupational Health and Safety Activities, September 3-6, 1991, Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati, OH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1991 Sep; :4-5
Thirty-three states code the industry and occupation information from death certificates and many use the data as a component in their occupational health surveillance programs. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has developed an occupational mortality surveillance system based on these data from selected states. We describe the surveillance system and an evaluation that focused on the use of occupational mortality data for identifying work-related disease. A review of the literature showed that occupational mortality data, despite known limitations, have often been used successfully for development of hypotheses about work-related disease and for prioritization of epidemiologic research. We found good agreement between associations identified using the mortality data and those found in more rigorous studies using population-based cancer registries with interview data. We demonstrated a method to develop hypotheses of associations by comparing the results of occupational mortality analyses across; countries. In addition to identifying work-related disease, states have used the data in union and industry educational programs, as a source of information for researchers, in reports on disease or occupation, and to identify worker educational needs.
Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Surveillance-programs; Occupational-health; Occupational-diseases; Worker-health; Work-environment; Epidemiology
Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Abstract
National Conference on State-Based Occupational Health and Safety Activities, September 3-6, 1991, Cincinnati, Ohio