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Occupational Health


County Level Indicators

Data Source: Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System-SPARCS

  • Pneumoconiosis Hospitalizations
  • Asbestosis Hospitalizations
  • Work-related Hospitalizations

Data Source: New York State Department of Health Heavy Metals Registry(HMR)

  • Elevated blood lead levels among adults (>=10 µg/dL)

Hospitalizations From or With Pneumoconiosis, Asbestosis (Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System-SPARCS)a
The number of hospital discharges for persons ages 15 years and older with a primary or contributing diagnosis of the following:
  1. Total Pneumoconiosis: ICD-9-CM between '500 and 505'
  2. Asbestosis: ICD-9-CM = '501'

The rates of hospitalizations from these diseases are rates per 100,000 residents ages 15 years and older.

For more information, contact Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics at (518) 474-3189.

Work-related Hospitalizations (Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System-SPARCS)a
The number of hospital discharges with primary payor coded as workers' compensation for persons age 16 years or older. The hospitalization rates are per 10,000 employed persons age 16 years or older, based on U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Statistics.>

For more information, contact Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics at (518) 474-3189.

Elevated blood lead levels among adults (>=10 µg/dL) (New York State Department of Health Heavy Metals Registry-HMR)b
The number of hospital discharges with primary payor coded as workers' compensation for persons age 16 years or older. The hospitalization rates are per 100,000 employed persons age 16 years or older, based on U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Statistics.

Recent evidence shows that even a low level of blood lead is a significant health risk at any age, and blood lead levels as low as 10 µg/dL contribute to an elevation in blood pressure and are associated with an increase in mortality from heart disease and stroke, decreased kidney function and changes in cognitionc

For more information, contact Bureau of Occupational Health at (518) 402-7900.

Notes

a Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System-SPARCS: Data on hospitalizations are collected through the hospital inpatient discharge data system. Each hospitalization receives an ICD-9 code at discharge which indicates the primary reason for the hospitalization. Data are not available on events that did not result in a hospitalization, such as cases that were only treated in a hospital emergency room.

b The HMR was established in 1980 as a tool for the surveillance of adult exposures to lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Information is received from all clinical laboratories that test for any of these four metals in the blood or urine of adults who live or work in New York State. In 1992, legislation (Section 22.6 and 22.7 of the State Sanitary Code) was enacted that required the reporting of all blood lead results, regardless of level.

c Schwartz BS, Hu, H. 2007. Adult Lead Exposure: Time for Change. Environ Health Perspect, 115: 451-454. Available: http://www.ehponline.org/members/2006/9782/9782.pdf [accessed June 23, 2009].

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