Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—Since its enactment, the
ADA has been the subject of debate among academics, employers, and policymakers.
Critics question whether the ADA's benefits outweigh its administrative burdens.
One area in which the dialogue about the ADA should not be muddied is in relation
to the study by Dr Zwerling and colleagues1
regarding occupational injury rates among workers with preexisting impairments.
Consistent with the ADA, Zwerling et al conclude that qualified workers should
not be excluded from the workplace solely on the basis of risk factors associated
with their impairments. However, overgeneralizations of the findings of Zwerling
et al will surface from critics who suggest that the ADA requires employers
to hire workers who pose a risk in the workplace, even in the face of the
"evidence" presented by Zwerling et al that such risk exists.
Blanck PD. Risk of Injury Among Workers With Disability. JAMA. 1998;279(17):1348-1350. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-17-jbk0506