Accession Number:

ADA181547

Title:

Worker Protection: Notifying Workers at Risk of Occupational Disease

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-05-11

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

This briefing report responds to a request for information to legislative proposals to establish a federal health risk notification program for workers exposed to hazardous substances. Under such a program the Department of Health and Human Services HHS would 1 determine which substances in the workplace cause disease and illness, 2 identify and notify employee populations and individuals found to be at risk, and 3 provide medical and support information and services to notified workers. We were asked to address questions on 1 the difficulties for the federal government in carrying out risk notification, including the feasibility, cost, and Privacy Act restrictions 2 the potential benefits and disadvantages to workers of risk notification and 3 the possibility of expanding the Department of Labors hazard communication standard to carry out the proposed legislations intent. This standard requires that the hazardous effects of chemicals be evaluated and information about the hazards be made available to workers in the manufacturing industry. Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration manages the hazard communication standard.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Safety Engineering
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE