Job Exposure Matrix for Electric Shock Risks with Their Uncertainties
AbstractWe present an update to an electric shock job exposure matrix (JEM) that assigned ordinal electric shocks exposure for 501 occupational titles based on electric shocks and electrocutions from two available data sources and expert judgment. Using formal expert elicitation and starting with data on electric injury, we arrive at a consensus-based JEM. In our new JEM, we quantify exposures by adding three new dimensions: (1) the elicited median proportion; (2) the elicited 25th percentile; and (3) and the elicited 75th percentile of those experiencing occupational electric shocks in a working lifetime. We construct the relative interquartile range (rIQR) based on uncertainty interval and the median. Finally, we describe overall results, highlight examples demonstrating the impact of cut point selection on exposure assignment, and evaluate potential impacts of such selection on epidemiologic studies of the electric work environment. In conclusion, novel methods allowed for consistent exposure estimates that move from qualitative to quantitative measures in this population-based JEM. Overlapping ranges of median exposure in various categories reflect our limited knowledge about this exposure. View Full-Text
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Vergara, X.P.; Fischer, H.J.; Yost, M.; Silva, M.; Lombardi, D.A.; Kheifets, L. Job Exposure Matrix for Electric Shock Risks with Their Uncertainties. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 3889-3902.
Vergara XP, Fischer HJ, Yost M, Silva M, Lombardi DA, Kheifets L. Job Exposure Matrix for Electric Shock Risks with Their Uncertainties. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015; 12(4):3889-3902.Chicago/Turabian Style
Vergara, Ximena P.; Fischer, Heidi J.; Yost, Michael; Silva, Michael; Lombardi, David A.; Kheifets, Leeka. 2015. "Job Exposure Matrix for Electric Shock Risks with Their Uncertainties." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12, no. 4: 3889-3902.