Which information has been included in the inventory?
The inventory comprises five distinct and searchable themes:
- Job-Exposure Matrices
- Exposure Measurement Databases
- Other Exposure Databases
- Coding Systems
- Coding Crosswalks
How has the information been collected?
All information included in the inventory has been compiled via the web-based OMEGA-NET Inventory Questionnaire. Although open to all contributors, targeted contributors have been identified through systematic web-based searches and personal records of the OMEGA-NET consortium. Researchers responsible for specific exposure tools have been contacted via email, and asked to register (to obtain a unique electronic password) and complete relevant sections of the web-based questionnaire.
Who will use the inventory?
Researchers, to enable more effective exploitation of existing cohort studies with available exposure assessment tools. For example, researchers looking to pool their data with other European cohorts will be able to assess easily what exposure assessment tools are available to (re)code their data and to assess the exposures of interest.
How will the information collected for the inventory be used?
The inventory is stored in a searchable web database here.
The inventory will enable efficient exploitation of existing occupational exposure assessment tools. It will provide researchers with a quick and clear overview of all available information that they could use for assessing occupational exposures in their own studies.
The inventory will provide summary information, for example, to identify important gaps where a JEM or exposure measurement database is needed. It will also facilitate publications such as an overview and description of available exposure tools in Europe, and ultimately lead to concerted efforts to facilitate harmonization across exposure assessment in occupational studies.
A publication will be prepared with an overview and description of European exposure assessment tools.
If I want to contribute information, how long will it take me to complete the inventory?
Completing the online inventory should take approximately 20 minutes. You also have the option to save your data entered and continue completing the online form at a later time.
How can I access data from occupational exposure tools included in the inventory?
This inventory only stores meta-data. Please email the contact person listed for any particular tool to find out how you actually access data.