OCCUPATIONAL RESPIRATORY DISEASE SURVEILLANCE

State-Based Surveillance

Silicosis

Michigan and Ohio maintained sentinel (case-based) silicosis surveillance systems from 1988–2002, and New Jersey maintained silicosis surveillance program from 1988–2015; Michigan continues to maintain their sentinel surveillance systems. California conducted sentinel surveillance for silicosis from 2000–2002. New York conducts surveillance for all occupational lung diseases, including silicosis, through its long-standing Occupational Lung Disease Registry.

Hospital discharge data represent the primary ascertainment source. Other data sources include health care professional reports, review of death certificates, and workers’ compensation data. Demographics, work history, and medical information are used for case confirmation are obtained through a combination of the initial case ascertainment source, a review of medical records, and follow-up telephone interview with the reported cases or their surviving next-of-kin.

Surveillance Guidelines for State Health Departments

Recommended guidelines for identifying and reporting actual or suspected cases of silicosis.

NIOSHTIC-2 Searches

NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.
Search Results for Silicosis (Search Terms: silica or silicosis.)

Select Resources and References

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), Occupational Health IndicatorsExternal
Occupational health indicator data from states and, where available, the United States: Two indicators relate to silicosis, Indicator #9: Hospitalizations from or with Pneumoconiosis and Indicator #10: Mortality from or with Pneumoconiosis.

Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance System (eWoRLD), Silicosis: State-Based Surveillance
Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance System (eWoRLD) provides state-based surveillance data for silicosis from participating states.

Page last reviewed: April 12, 2012