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November 6, 1981

Health Hazard Evaluation Program

JAMA. 1981;246(18):2033. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320180025021

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To the Editor.—  In the article "Areawide Chemical Contamination: Lessons From Case Histories" by Robert W. Miller, MD (1981;245:1548), the overall theme is that the alert clinician evaluating the alert patient is often the key to recognition and correct diagnosis of diseases caused by environmental hazards. One source of help for the physician in evaluating such hazards, if they involve the workplace, is the Health Hazard Evaluation Program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an institute in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).A physician who suspects that he may have encountered disease caused by occupational exposure may obtain advice, consultation, or a full-fledged field investigation of the problem by contacting the Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch at 4676 Columbia Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45226, telephone (513) 684-2176; program director, James Melius, MD. Assistance can also be obtained from any of the ten regional offices (Table).