Allison Tepper

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The potential for musculoskeletal trauma among preschool workers has been largely unexplored in the United States. This case report describes an investigation conducted to identify and evaluate possible causes of back and lower extremity pain among 22 workers at a Montessori day care facility. Investigators met with and distributed a questionnaire to school(More)
Proxy respondents were interviewed for 96 decedents in an occupational cohort. A second respondent was interviewed for 59 decedents. Medical records were reviewed to validate questionnaire information. The percentage of respondents who answered "don't know" (non-response) to questions about medical condition ranged from 5% (cancer and heart disease) to 17%(More)
Pulmonary function changes among fire fighters were evaluated by re-examining 632 Baltimore city fire fighters six to ten years after a baseline examination. Spirometry was used to determine forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1). Information about exposures was obtained by questionnaire and by combining data from fire department records regarding the(More)
We investigated the feasibility of using hospital discharge diagnoses of ICD codes 506, 507, and 508, respiratory diseases from external sources, to identify occupational sentinel health events [SHE(O)]. Two hundred sixty-nine records were reviewed and 66 (25%) were incidents where the work-relatedness of the respiratory diseases was documented in the(More)
Hospital discharge diagnoses were used to identify all inpatient cases of extrinsic allergic alveolitis (EAA) from 1979 to 1982 in New Jersey. Of 170 reported cases, the hospital records of 48 were available for review. Based on published criteria for the diagnosis of EAA, only three cases (6%) could be classified as probable EAA, while 10 (21%) were(More)
BACKGROUND Nosocomial transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis among workers at a 1000-bed inner-city hospital led to an extensive evaluation of this risk among workers with potential exposure to TB patients or laboratory specimens. METHODS Retrospective cohort study to determine the incidence and risk of tuberculin skin test (TST) conversions among(More)
BACKGROUND Although asphalt fume is a recognized irritant, previous studies of acute symptoms during asphalt paving have produced inconsistent results. Between 1994 and 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) evaluated workers at seven sites in six states. METHODS NIOSH (a) measured exposures of asphalt paving workers to(More)
BACKGROUND Although debate about the relationship between lead and blood pressure has focused on low environmental lead levels, industrial exposure remains a concern. METHODS We measured blood pressure and left ventricular mass (LVM) in 108 battery manufacturing workers, and calculated cumulative and historic average measures of blood lead. RESULTS(More)
We compared urinary levels of the metabolite methyl-5-hydroxy-2-benzimidazole carbamate (5-HBC) among nursery workers exposed to the fungicide benomyl (specifically Benlate 50 DF [DuPont, Wilmington, DE]) and workers not exposed to benomyl. Environmental exposures were quantitated from gloves, body patches, and air samples collected with area and personal(More)