Increasing The Involvement Of The U.S. Public Health Service In The Delivery Of Occupational Safety And Health Services.
Bridbord-K; Yodaiken-RE; Mullan-MG; Casey-G
Preliminary efforts on the part of NIOSH to improve availability of occupational safety and health services are reviewed. The National Health Services Corps has been created to address the problem of poor distribution of health professionals in the United States. The mission of the Corps is to provide basic primary care needs of medically under served regions. NIOSH has also attempted to assess the adequacy of occupational health services throughout the country through its National Occupational Hazard Survey. The role of Public Health Service (PHS) hospitals is also discussed. NIOSH is working with Community Health Centers and Migrant Health Centers to include occupational safety and health in overall environmental health programs. Programs sponsored under the Health Resources Administration are presented. Special consideration is given to programs instituted by Educational Resource Centers. The primary purpose of these programs is to train personnel from a variety of disciplines and to encourage a greater awareness of medical problems in occupational health. At present, there are 1,472 students participating in funded institution programs on a full or part time basis. The authors conclude that the health of the American worker can be much improved through the involvement of PHS programs in occupational safety and health.
NIOSH-Author; Medical-monitoring; Medical-personnel; Work-practices; Industrial-hygiene; Health-hazards; Occupational-hazards; Employee-exposure; Safety-research; Safety-measures;
Office of Extramural Coordination and Special Projects, NIOSH, Rockville, Maryland, 17 pages, 4 references