NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

A cancer registrar's guide to collecting industry and occupation.

Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-173, 2011 Apr; :1-14
NIOSH is charged with conducting occupational hazard and health surveillance to identify trends and assist in setting priorities for research and prevention activities. Since the late 1970s, NIOSH has collaborated with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the U.S. Census Bureau, other federal agencies, and state health departments to capture and code industry and occupation (I&O) on data records for surveillance of occupationally related diseases, injuries, and exposures. Cancer prevention program planners and researchers rely on cancer registrars to record the best information possible on potential cancer risk factors, including potentially hazardous jobs held by cancer patients during their working life. The usual (longest-held) occupation and industry of workers can reveal the national cancer burden by industry and occupation. Such information can also be used to help discover jobs that may have a high risk for cancer or other diseases and for which prevention efforts can be concentrated (or targeted). We understand that registrars are often limited by the amount and specificity of information recorded in the patient's medical record, but we hope that the enclosed tips will help you do the best you can with what you have to work with. Data entries like the examples described as "adequate" are always preferred to entries like those described as "inadequate," but "inadequate" data entries are acceptable when no other information is available. In this booklet we use the term inadequate to describe an entry that does not provide enough information for accurate coding of an industry or occupation according to standard classification systems.
Information-systems; Cancer-rates; Occupations; Industrial-environment; Surveillance-programs; Work-organization; Workplace-monitoring; Information-retrieval-systems; Quality-control; Quality-standards; Work-environment; Data-processing; Occupational-medicine-programs; Statistical-quality-control; Risk-factors; Disease-prevention; Cancer; Standards
Publication Date
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-173
NIOSH Division
Priority Area
Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division