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Genetics in the Workplace Implications for Occupational Safety and Health

November 2009
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2010-101
cover of 2010-101

The purpose of this document is to consolidate the diverse literature and opinions on genetics in the workplace, to flag important issues, and to provide some considerations for current and future research and practice. Recent advances in understanding the human genome have created opportunities for disease prevention and treatment. Even though the focus of attention on applications of genetic discoveries has been largely outside of the workplace, genetic information and genetic testing are impacting today's workplace.