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The Benefits and Challenges of a Voluntary Occupational Exposure Database

Marchant, Gary E. PhD, JD; Crane, Angus JD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: June 2011 - Volume 53 - Issue - p S52–S56
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31821b175f
Exposure Registries: Original Article

Objective: This article describes the experience of creating and implementing an occupational exposure database for synthetic vitreous fibers (SVFs). The lessons learned and benefits achieved through this experience may be instructive to government and industry when assessing the need, utility, and design of an occupational exposure database for nanomaterials.

Methods: This article consists of an empirical account of the issues faced during the construction and maintenance of an occupational exposure database for SVFs.

Results: The occupation exposure database for SVF proved to be beneficial and successful but encountered several challenges relating to data consistency, data quality, and other problems.

Conclusions: The SVF database provides a good case study to illustrate the potential benefits and challenges of creating and administering an occupational exposure database.

From the Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz; and North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, Alexandria, Va.

Address correspondence to: Gary E. Marchant, PhD, JD, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, PO Box 877906, Tempe, AZ 85287;

Gary E. Marchant received funding from North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) during the construction of the exposure database described in this publication (but received no funding for preparation of this publication). Angus Crane is an employee of NAIMA and received a salary from NAIMA during preparation of this manuscript.

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