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Document ID (ISN)53132
CIS number 90-94
ISSN - Serial title Journal of Occupational Accidents
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Solomon K.A., Alesch K.A.
Title The index of harm: A measure for comparing occupational risk across industries
Bibliographic information June 1989, Vol.11, No.1, p.19-35. Illus. Bibl.
Abstract This paper presents an index of harm methodology that compares occupational risk among workers exposed to radiological and non-radiological agents. It extends the work of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) by considering American rather than European and Japanese industry groups, by treating the relative importance of various occupational risks as a parameter rather than an arbitrary constant, and by identifying several ways in which both the methodology and the database could be improved. In the analysis, 6 types of adverse occupational effects - 3 non-radiological outcomes (death, accidental injury, and disease or illness) and 3 radiological outcomes (somatic effects, genetic effects, and somatic effects involving foetuses) are examined. The results of this analysis show that radiological workers exposed to the current industry average of 0.35rem/year are among the least endangered workers, and the riskiest industries appear to be: mining; agriculture, fishing, and farming; construction; transportation; and manufacturing, roughly in that order.
Descriptors (primary) hazard criteria; risk factors; hazard evaluation; safety analysis
Descriptors (secondary) USA; theoretical analysis; Japan
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation