This report was prepared primarily by staff of the Public Health Surveillance Team, Surveillance Branch, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies (DRDS), NIOSH. Major contributors include: Ki Moon Bang, Robert M. Castellan, Brent C. Doney, Margaret Filios, Mark F. Greskevitch, Kenneth D. Linch, Jacek Mazurek, Nicholas Perich, Cathy J. Rotunda, Patricia Schleiff, Girija Syamlal, and John M. Wood. Mei Lin Wang and Edward Lee Petsonk of the Workforce Screening and Surveillance Team, Surveillance Branch, and Janet M. Hale of the Communications and Information Activity, DRDS, provided helpful assistance. Michael D. Attfield, Chief, Surveillance Branch, and David N. Weissman, Director, DRDS, provided guidance.
Special appreciation is expressed for the cooperation of staff at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and at the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for providing exposure data files, to the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) for providing data from their occupational disease database, and to state-level SENSOR Program staff, who provided data on silicosis and work-related asthma.
Draft portions of this report were provided for review and comment to individuals associated with public health agencies and other governmental organizations, as well as to others within NIOSH. Their comments have been considered in the final version of this report.