Monday, March 16, 2009

More on Illnesses

J left a comment on illnesses that I wanted to make sure everyone sees:

"A little insight from a state fortunate enough to get substantial funding from NIOSH to run a FACE program and from BLS to run CFOI: we essentially don't count illnesses. Acute exposures like carbon monoxide we count; toxic inhalations that lead to organ failure months later we try to count; but cancers we don’t touch for the census, not even mesothelioma or other probable asbestos. We see the lists of past employers in the comp claims from those families seeking benefits. It is depressing to imagine what exposures must have been like decades ago. We do try to confirm cardiac deaths that started at work or outright occurred at work, but they are just filed."

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