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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31821ad8bd
Medical Surveillance: Original Article

The Role of State Public Health Agencies in National Efforts to Track Workplace Hazards and the Relevance of State Experiences to Nanomaterial Worker Surveillance

Roisman, Rachel MD, MPH; Materna, Barbara PhD, CIH; Beckman, Stella MPH; Katz, Elizabeth MPH, CIH; Shusterman, Dennis MD, MPH; Harrison, Robert MD, MPH

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Abstract

Objective: This essay examines the role state public health agencies could play in the surveillance of emerging workplace hazards including nanotechnology.

Methods: This essay describes existing state occupational health surveillance programs in order to demonstrate their potential applicability, and limitations, in regards to nanomaterial worker surveillance.

Results: State public health agencies have access to information and an ability to put surveillance information to use in ways that complement those of industry, academia, regulatory agencies, and federal partners.

Conclusions: Some state public health agencies have significant experience with occupational health surveillance and are therefore valuable partners in the development and implementation of nanotechnology worker surveillance programs. Including states in emerging hazard surveillance enhances surveillance activities and builds state capacity to help workers.

©2011The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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