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Introduction to a special issue: eliminating health and safety inequities at work.

Authors
Baron-SL; Steege-AL; Hughes-JT Jr.; Beard-SD
Source
Am J Ind Med 2014 May; 57(5):493-494
NIOSHTIC No.
20044016
Abstract
In 2011, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health along with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and in partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency convened a national conference on Eliminating Health and Safety Disparities at Work www.aoecdata.org/conferences/healthdisparities/. In this issue Steege et al. [2014] present new analyses of the Bureau of Labor Statistics data on occupational injuries and illnesses and work-related fatalities, which indicate that workers who are African American, Hispanic, immigrant, who earn low wages and who have lower levels of educational attainment are at greater risk of working in occupations where occupational injuries and illnesses occur at more than twice the national rate. These data clearly demonstrate the need for more targeted and comprehensive occupational safety and health prevention programs aimed at reducing these disparities. The goal of the 2011 conference was to bring together representatives from multiple disciplines and perspectives to review the major research accomplishments and gaps in understanding the social, cultural, and economic factors that create and perpetuate occupational health and safety disparities.
Keywords
Workers; Worker-health; Demographic-characteristics; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Sociological-factors; Humans; Racial-factors; Education; Statistical-analysis; Diseases; Disease-prevention; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Surveillance-programs
Contact
Sherry Baron, MD, MPH, CBNS, Queens College Remsen 311, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20140501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
sbaron@qc.cuny.edu
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
M042014
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
NY; OH; NC
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