Data Summaries

Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) — Research for Safe Work

Occupational disease surveillance acquires information about hazardous exposures, the occurrence of diseases and injuries, analyzes the information and disseminates and interprets it to those who need it in order to prevent disease and injury. A surveillance system should have the capability to investigate further and to intervene to prevent disease or injury. For more information on surveillance strategies, visit the NIOSH ( Web site.

Data summaries from the network of sentinel medical providers and the Washington State workers' compensation system are presented. The summaries include information on occupations, causal agents, and types of industries associated with work-related dermatitis.

  • Occupational skin diseases in Washington State, 1989-1993: Using workers' compensation data to identify cutaneous hazards. Kaufman, JD et al. Am J Public Health 1998; 88: 1047-1051. Analysis of population-based workers' compensation database that identified industries and hazards associated with skin disease. Please contact SHARP for a copy of this journal article.
  • Summary of the Sentinel Medical Providers Network of the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR) Dermatitis Program -- 64 physician providers were part of the program that reported work-related dermatoses to the Washington SENSOR dermatitis program over a six-year period of time. The purpose of the network was to obtain a more complete picture of work-related dermatoses that are not necessarily reported to the workers' compensation system. The summary includes information about the types of providers and categorization of the case reports. The case report data includes the possible agent causing the dermatitis, occupation and type of industry where the person worked. Data are summarized from April 1994-September 2000. The Report 36‑7‑2001 (26 KB PDF) is available online.
  • Combined Workers' Compensation Claims for Work-Related Dermatitis and Sentinel Provider Data Summaries. Work-related skin disorders in Washington State, 1993-1997 report. Types of occupational skin disorders using both databases from 1993-1997. Information includes occupation, industry types and agents. The Report 36‑4‑1998 (123 KB PDF) is available online.
  • SENSOR Dermatitis Project in Washington State, February 2000 -- newsletter to reporting providers with a summary of the data collected up to the year 2000. The Report 36‑6‑2000 (113 KB PDF) is available online.

The reports were supported by Grant Number U60/CCU008154-08 Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Surveillance of Occupational Dermatologic Disorders from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The contents of the reports are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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