OCCUPATIONAL RESPIRATORY DISEASE SURVEILLANCE
The National Statistics data presented here arise from activities involving the collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of health and hazard information related to occupational respiratory diseases. Sources of data are the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and other federal, state, and private organizations. The resulting occupational morbidity, mortality, and hazard statistics are disseminated here and in hard-copy reports, including the Work-Related Lung Disease (WoRLD) Surveillance Report and other NIOSH reports and publications, and through a web-based interactive query system.
Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance System (eWoRLD) provides up-to-date summary tables, figures, and maps on various occupationally-related respiratory diseases, including data on morbidity, mortality, and associated workplace exposures by geographic region, industry and occupation, time period, and demographic group. Diseases include, but are not limited to, the pneumoconioses, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory tuberculosis, and certain cancers. Detailed information on related workplace exposures is also included.
Work-Related Lung Disease (WoRLD) Surveillance Reports are comprehensive publications of morbidity, mortality, and workplace hazard statistics on occupationally-related respiratory diseases by geographic region, industry and occupation, time period, and demographic group. The first WoRLD Surveillance Report was published in 1991. Since 1991, seven reports have been published with the most current report consisting of two volumes. Volume I has three major sections: 1) a section that provides data highlights and data usage limitations; 2) a section comprised of 17 subsections, each concerning a major disease category and (where available) related occupational exposures, and one subsection concerning smoking status; and 3) a section of appendices that provide descriptions of data sources, methods, and other supplementary information. Volume II has nine sections presenting data on respiratory conditions by major industrial sector, as defined by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).
Current WoRLD Surveillance Report
- Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance Report 2007
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-143 (September 2008)
- Highlights from the WoRLD Surveillance Report, 2007pdf icon
Previous WoRLD Surveillance Reports
- WoRLD Surveillance Report, 2002
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-111 (May 2003)
- WoRLD Surveillance Report, 1999
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2000-105 (Dec 1999)
- WoRLD Surveillance Report, 1996
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 1996-134 (Oct 1996)
- WoRLD Surveillance Report, 1994
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 1994-120 (Aug 1994)
- WoRLD Surveillance Report Supplement, 1992
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 1991-113s (Sept 1992)
- WoRLD Surveillance Report, 1991
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 1991-113 (Oct 1991)
National Occupational Respiratory Mortality System (NORMS) is an interactive query system that generates mortality information on occupationally-related respiratory diseases in the form of data tables, rates, charts, and maps, by geographic region, industry and occupation, time period, and demographic group. Diseases include, but are not limited to, the pneumoconioses, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory tuberculosis, and certain cancers.
Atlas of Respiratory Disease Mortality, United States: 1982-1993
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 98-157 (August 1998)
This report is a presentation of maps showing geographical distributions by health service area of mortality associated with selected respiratory conditions that together represent nearly all respiratory diseases. For categories of traditional occupational lung diseases mapped in this atlas (i.e., the pneumoconioses, including coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, silicosis, byssinosis, and other unspecified pneumoconioses), nearly all cases are attributable to hazardous occupational exposure.
Worker Health eChartbook
The eChartbook is a descriptive epidemiologic reference on occupational morbidity and mortality in the United States. A web-based resource for agencies, organizations, employers, researchers, workers, and others who need to know about occupational injuries and illnesses.