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A Framework for Addressing Health Issues in or Near a Manufacturing Facility

Collins, James J. PhD; Barbela, Teevee MS; Huebner, Wendy W. PhD, MPH; Divine, Barbara J. PhD; Schnatter, A. Robert PhD; Carpenter, Arvind V. DDS, DrPH; Hearne, F. Terry MS; Raabe, Gerhard K. DrPH, MS; Fayerweather, William PhD, MPH

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2000 - Volume 42 - Issue 2 - p 163-170
Original Articles

Clustering of health events in or around industrial facilities sometimes leads to worker and community concerns that plant management or local health professionals must address. We provide an eight-step process to deal with these concerns systematically. We emphasize the use of good scientific practices with managerial oversight for effective worker and community communication. This process is directed to plant management and the local health professional and emphasizes the practical aspects of the investigation.

From Solutia Inc, St. Louis, Mo. (Dr Collins); General Electric Company, Fairfield, Conn. (T. Barbela); Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc, Annadale, N.J. (Dr Huebner); Texaco Inc, Houston, Tex. (Dr Divine); Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc, Annadale, N.J. (Dr Schnatter); Rohm and Haas Company, Bristol, Pa. (Dr Carpenter); Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y. (F. Hearne); Mobil Business Resources Corporation Global Medical Services, New Hope, Pa. (Dr Raabe); and Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio (Dr Fayerweather).

Address correspondence to: James J. Collins, PhD, Director of Epidemiology, Solutia Inc, 575 Maryville Centre Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141; e-mail:

© 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.