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Occupational diseases: new workforces, new workplaces.

Authors
Fowler-BA; Silbergeld-EK
Source
Ann NY Acad Sci 1989 Dec; 572:46-54
NIOSHTIC No.
00202329
Abstract
This report dealt with the impact of three rapid changes in occupational health in the future and with new techniques for recognizing and dealing with health effects in the workplace. The three changes relate to the workforce, the workplace, and the definition of adverse health effects in working populations. One area of change was that demographically the workforce has become less homogenous as a result of several socioeconomic factors. The use of new substances and new uses of old materials being exploited in new industries was another area of change. Fundamentally all the changes will likely make disease detection and prevention more complex. The authors conclude that to avoid repeating the past, several changes are needed in health policy and strategy. More anticipation should be given to the introduction of new substances or new organisms into the workplace so that provision can be made for the timely accumulation of the necessary toxicological data to assess possible risks. The authors stress that it is critical that the information forcing principles of the Toxic Substances Control Act be activated to obtain the needed information to reach reasonable decisions about risk before such compounds become widely dispersed in commerce and the environment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; Sociological-factors; Worker-health; Occupational-diseases; Hazardous-materials; Toxic-materials; Biohazards; Demographic-characteristics
CODEN
ANYAA9
Publication Date
19891229
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780897665230
ISSN
0077-8923
Source Name
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
State
MD; DC
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