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July 5, 1941

A Preliminary Survey of the Industrial Hygiene Problem in the United States

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By J. J. Bloomfield, Sanitary Engineer, et al. From the Division of Industrial Hygiene, National Institute of Health. Prepared by direction of the Surgeon General. Federal Security Agency, U. S. Public Health Service, Public Health Bulletin No. 259. Paper. Price, 20 cents. Pp. 132, with 16 illustrations. Washington, D. C.: Supt. of Doc., Government Printing Office, 1940.

JAMA. 1941;117(1):75. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820270075030

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Abstract

Public Health Bulletin number 259 summarizes effectively the findings and impressions gained through individual surveys of selected industrial plants conducted by personnel attached to bureaus of industrial hygiene in the health departments of fifteen states. Investigations in each of the states proceeded according to recommendations made by the Division of Industrial Hygiene in the National Institute of Health. An appendix describes in detail the steps taken to accumulate the data and in effect is entitled a reference manual for conducting industrial hygiene surveys. Separate reports had previously been prepared regarding the findings in the several states included in the survey. The most interesting statistics refer to the character of health risks to which workers are exposed in various occupations and the present status of medical, engineering and nursing supervision over working conditions in industrial plants. Observations made in large industries are for the most part encouraging. As far as the

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