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Abstract

This review of the ECDIN file on Occupational Health and Safety has shown the following main conclusions. This file: a) is the only operational file within the European Communities on Occupational Health; b) enjoys a wide range of functional associations in the framework of ADABAS and is structured to follow the natural history of occupational risks; c) fulfills scientific and mainly practical needs; d) requires further development in areas of topical interest. As the OHS ECDIN file is the only data bank in the European Community it has a great social responsibility: its data should be used as a tool by which workers' health at the workplace can be better protected. Two recent attempts have been made to increase awareness of ECDIN: a meeting of Chemical Risks (Autumn 1982 at Ispra with the participation of the EEC Safety and Health Directorate, the ILO and the Italian ministry of Health), and a publication (Occupational Health Guidelines for Chemical Risk), both with a definite operational purpose. Clear identification of needs, operational approach, updated information, removal of old material and avoidance of redundancy are the main features contributing to the effectiveness of the programme. ECDIN has established a sound international foundation in Europe. Quicker storage of collected data is necessary. The enlargement of the file to cover problems of topical interest would call for an increase in resources available: in external collaborators to collect data, and staff to computerize it. This would be essential should the project become fully operational.

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Authors: BONI M, JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY);HELM B, JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY);ROI R JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9098 EN (1985) MF, 33 P., BFR 150, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 200, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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