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At the Fence: Where the Community and the Workplace Meet.
NIOSH 1986 Feb:19 pages
In this talk, the speaker discusses the apparent separation between the workplace and the community, the separation of the occupational health problem from the community environmental health problem and the question of jurisdiction which arises out of such attempts to separate the issue. He stresses the different origins of environmental and occupational health considerations, reminding his audience that occupational health concerns had their beginnings as a surgical speciality, a service for treating workers injured on the job. In the community, concerns grew over the purity of public water supplies and adequate sanitation. As each area of concern evolved, they appeared to be separate, but in reality are closely joined. It is imperative that information gathered be shared between environmental health and occupational health officials. To support the position that occupational and environmental health objectives are inseparable, the author showed photographs of disasters arising from accidental releases of hazardous materials. Chronic problems involving both the workplace and the community include air and water pollution. The production of synthetic chemicals is continuously growing, and with this there is constant concern over exposure of workers during manufacture, use, and cleanup. The author recommends that occupational and community environmental professionals coordinate actions, and share information.
NIOSH-Author; Occupational-medicine; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-pollution;
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NIOSH, Centers for Disease Control (presented at the Second National Environmental Health Conferences, Denver, Colorado, February 24, 1986), 19 pages
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division