Occupational lead poisoning: Who should conduct surveillance and training?

Authors

  • Dr. James P. Keogh MD,

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    1. The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
    • The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Occupational Health Project, 405 W. Redwood, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
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  • Janie Gordon SCM

    1. The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
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Abstract

This commentary challenges the current employer-controlled model for delivering occupational health services. Problems emanating from traditional employer-based medical surveillance and worker education programs for occupational lead poisoning are identified. A new public health model for delivering these services is proposed. This model utilizes a case-based and hazard-based method for bringing workplaces and employers into the program and features direct delivery of surveillance and training services by public health agencies.

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