Epidemiological Uses of an Occupational Health Information System
The U. S. Navy has hundreds of thousands of workers (both civilian and military) involved in a great variety of industrial operations and exposed to many hazardous agents. To help provide a safe and healthful work environment for these workers as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and Department of Defense directives, the Naval Health Research Center has developed the Navy Occupational Health Information Management System (NOHIMS). A prototype system is currently being tested at two large naval industrial facilities, an aircraft repair facility in San Diego, California, and a shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. The purpose of this paper is to describe NOHIMS as a functional system and to indicate some of its possible uses for epidemiological research.
KeywordsOccupational Health Occupational Health Service Threshold Limit Value Defense Directive Hazard Data
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