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Risk-risk balancing for hazardous waste workers: alternative work, traffic fatalities, and unemployment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15078305     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Previous studies have shown that the fatality rate among hazardous waste remediation workers is likely to exceed the fatality rate averted among the public by remediation. The implication is that much hazardous waste remediation is inappropriate on a strictly risk-based basis. Such analyses ignore the fact that the same hazardous waste workers would be engaged in other work with similar or perhaps greater safety risks, and that in any case the single greatest cause of occupational fatalities is traffic accidents, hence distance traveled may be a more important predictor than type of work performed.
Michael Gochfeld
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0272-4332     ISO Abbreviation:  Risk Anal.     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-13     Completed Date:  2004-05-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109978     Medline TA:  Risk Anal     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  347-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute of UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic / mortality
Hazardous Waste / adverse effects*
Occupational Health
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hazardous Waste

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