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Document ID (ISN)64458
CIS number 95-916
ISSN - Serial title 0944-2502 - Zentralblatt für Arbeitsmedizin, Arbeitsschutz und Ergonomie
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brauchler R., Landau K.
Title Predicting job-related diseases - Possibilities and limitations of implementing an early warning system
Original title Wege zur Prognose arbeitsbedingter Erkrankungen - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen beim Aufbau eines epidemiologischen Frühwarnsystems [in German]
Bibliographic information Jan. 1994, Vol.44, No.1, p.5-15. Illus. 25 ref.
Abstract The stress factors and exposures of drivers of earthmoving equipment, control desk operators and supervisors in lignite mining were collected in a database. In addition, the health problems found in periodic medical examinations of a group of 284 workers holding these jobs were included in the database. Four different statistical methods were applied to correlate the two data sets: cross-cluster analysis, stochastic processes, network theory and the expert system technique. The information gained in each case is outlined. The ultimate goal was to predict the probability (in %) with which a specific exposure of a certain intensity leads to a certain health problem or disease. It is concluded that the stated goal can be achieved only by application of the expert system technique. Summaries in English and French.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; occupation disease relation; prediction; health hazards; epidemiology
Descriptors (secondary) probability analysis; lignite; vigilance tasks; job study; earthmoving equipment; supervisors; statistical evaluation; coal mining; exposure; stress factors
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Epidemiology