International Review of Surveillance and Control of Workplace Exposures: NOHSAC Technical Report 5
2. Literature and Methodology
The information included within the review was sourced through formal literature, informal literature, formal and informal contacts, and networks.
A comprehensive review of the occupational health and safety (OHS) literature was undertaken using a range of online bibliographic databases provided by:
- Emerald Full Text
- Informit Search
- Kluwer On line
- OCLC First Search
- Springer Link
- Wiley Interscience
The following search terms were used in the searches, in a variety of Boolean combinations:
- agent exposure
- data collection
- information system*
- New Zealand
- North America
- United Kingdom
A large number of published reports and articles were identified. Items were selected for retrieval and review based on whether or not they appeared to:
- describe and critically evaluate an exposure surveillance system or systems
- contribute to the body of knowledge pertaining to the building, operation and/or use of exposure surveillance systems.
Literature was not reviewed in depth if reference was made only to a database being utilised within an epidemiological or other study without expanding more fully on the operation, content and other aspects of the database.
While the searching of the bibliographic databases attempted to be exhaustive, comprehensive review of the literature identified was not possible within the timeframes imposed by the project.
A list of publications pertaining to the surveillance systems reviewed within this project is presented in Appendix 5.