207779 Work-related respiratory disease surveillance system

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 10:30 AM

Jacek M. Mazurek, MD, MS, PhD , Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, WV
Public health surveillance is the ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data regarding a health-related event for use in public health action to reduce morbidity and mortality and to improve health. Occupational data disseminated by NIOSH can be used by public health officials, industry and labor, safety and health professionals, and others for immediate public health action, program planning and evaluation, and formulating research hypotheses.

The Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance System (eWoRLD) is an internet-based tool for the dissemination of up-to-date occupational surveillance information. It presents summary tables and figures of occupational respiratory disease surveillance data focusing on various occupationally-relevant respiratory diseases, including pneumoconioses, occupational asthma and other airways diseases, and several other respiratory conditions. For many of these diseases, selected data on related exposures are also presented. The System is offered in a user-friendly electronic format in which each table and figure is available for downloading in four file formats (html, gif, pdf, and csv). Previously published as a hardcopy report series, past versions of the Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance Report are also available for viewing or downloading. The goal of this presentation is to introduce and describe the Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance System (eWoRLD).

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate understanding of work-related respiratory disease surveillance. 2. Discuss work-related respiratory disease surveillance system. 3. Identify source of information for the development of work-related respiratory disease research programs.

Keywords: Occupational Surveillance, Data/Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have obtained medical degree from the Medical Academy of Warsaw, Poland, MS in epidemiology from the School of Public Health, SUNY at Albany, NY, and Doctor of Medical Sciences from the National Institute of Hygiene, Poland. During my work in Poland with the Department of Epidemiology, National Institute of Hygiene, I was responsible for collection, analysis, and dissemination of Polish national infectious disease surveillance data. I came to NIOSH from the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Program of CDC. At NIOSH, I lead the Public Health Surveillance Team. The Team collects, analyzes and disseminates health and hazard information related to occupational respiratory diseases; collaborates on the establishment of health surveillance systems; produces and develops reports describing workplace hazards and work-related occupational lung diseases. Also, I am Project Officer responsible for the Occupational Respiratory Disease Surveillance (ORDS) NIOSH Topic Page and the Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance System (eWoRLD).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.