Using O*NET to estimate the association between work exposures and chronic diseases

Source: Allard E. Dembe, Xiaoxi Yao, Thomas M. Wickizer, Abigail B. Shoben and Xiuwen (Sue) Dong, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Volume 57 Issue 9, September 2014
(subscription required)

From the abstract:
A standardized process using data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is applied to estimate the association between long-term aggregated occupational exposure and the risk of contracting chronic diseases later in life. We demonstrate this process by analyzing relationships between O*NET physical work demand ratings and arthritis onset over a 32-year period. …

The risk of arthritis was significantly associated with handling and moving objects, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, bending and twisting, working in a cramped or awkward posture, and performing general physical activities.

This study demonstrates the utility of using O*NET job descriptors to estimate the aggregated long-term risks for osteoarthritis and other chronic diseases when no actual exposure data is available.