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Surveillance of occupational illness through a national poison control center : an approach to reach small-scale enterprises?

Hinnen, U. and Hotz, P. and Gossweiler, B. and Gutzwiller, F. and Meier, P. J.. (1994) Surveillance of occupational illness through a national poison control center : an approach to reach small-scale enterprises? International archives of occupational and environmental health, Vol. 66, H. 2. S. 117-123.

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Abstract

A pilot study was performed in order to evaluate the usefulness of the Swiss Toxicological Information Center (STIC) in detecting cases of occupational illness. One hundred and fifty-two symptomatic occupational exposure cases were collected, comprising 3.2% of 4830 cases reported to the STIC between 1 April 1992 and 15 August 1992. In 114 cases a follow-up could be performed by a structured telephone interview. On the basis of these interview data it was estimated that 72% of the cases in small enterprises were reported to the STIC without additional notification to an occupational insurance fund. By contrast, only 28% of the occupational illness cases that occurred in companies employing more than 15 workers were not reported to an occupational insurance fund. This discrepancy could have resulted in part from the fact that occupational insurance in Switzerland is mandatory only for salaried employees, not for self-supporting persons. It is concluded that the monitoring of the occurrence of occupational illnesses in small-scale enterprises must be improved. Poison control centers could play a major role in this respect.
Faculties and Departments:11 Rektorat und Verwaltung > Vizerektorat Forschung
UniBasel Contributors:Meier-Abt, Peter J.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0340-0131
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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