Department of Public Health Sciences

Occupational injury and illness in the semiconductor manufacturing industry

McCurdy, S. A., M. B. Schenker and D. V. Lassiter

Am J Ind Med. 1989. 15(5):499-510.

Two thousand nine hundred and ninety-four reports of OSHA-reportable occupational injury or illness cases in 1984 from member companies of a national trade association of semiconductor manufacturing firms were analyzed. The 37 participating manufacturing facilities represented 16 companies employing over 95,000 persons, or approximately one-third of the U.S. work force for this industry in 1984. The annual incidence rate for all reportable injuries and illnesses was 2.7 per 100 full- time employees (FTE) for men and 3.7 per 100 FTE for women. Strains, sprains, or dislocations were the most frequently reported incidents (N = 956 [31.9%]), followed by cuts, lacerations, punctures, scratches, and abrasions (N = 445 [14.9%]), and chemical burns (N = 401 [13.4%]). Increased work-loss days per case were associated with manufacturing sites that did not have an employee health clinic on the premises, with custodial occupations, and with female gender.

Keywords: Data Collection, Female, Human, Male, Occupational Diseases/*epidemiology, *Semiconductors, Sex Factors, United States, United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Work

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