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Work exposure to harmful substances and radiation recode

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For sample persons age 18 and older who had a job in the past two weeks, WEXHARMR is a recoded variable, which reports whether, at her/his current job, she/he is exposed to substances that she/he believes to be harmful if breathed or if they get into the skin, and/or exposed to radiation, not counting the computer screen.

This variable was introduced in 1992 as part of a series of variables with information on occupational safety and health. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2, and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement) who had a job in the past 2 weeks.


  • 1992