Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR): the concept

Am J Public Health. 1989 Dec;79 Suppl(Suppl):18-20. doi: 10.2105/ajph.79.suppl.18.


Although many states have laws that require health providers to report cases of occupational illness and injury, most states do not maintain a comprehensive system that actively identifies and targets potential sources of case reports and then responds to such reports. NIOSH has developed a Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR) that uses targeted sources of sentinel providers to recognize and report selected occupational disorders to a state surveillance center. SENSOR is a cooperative state-federal effort designed to develop local capability for preventing selected occupational disorders. To demonstrate the feasibility of this approach, NIOSH initially funded seven SENSOR projects in 1987 and three additional projects in early 1988 (Table 1). Currently, these projects are in the preliminary stages of organization and start-up, with some having begun to receive case reports. As funds become available, NIOSH intends to gradually expand the scope of the program to include additional states over the next several years.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Risk
  • United States / epidemiology