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Summary of seminar on administrative practices in occupational health.
J Occup Med 1962 Feb; 4(2):76-79
This seminar was sponsored by the Division of Occupational Health, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and held in Cincinnati, Ohio, during January of 1961. The topics discussed at the meetings included occupational health goals for the future, legislation, manpower and training, and medical aspects of occupational health. Various trends in industry were cited as causing problems among workers, problems specifically related to job dissatisfaction, lowered morale, productivity inefficiency, and increased labor grievances stemming out of a lack of identity of the worker with his product due to increased mechanization on the job. The most serious problem confronting occupational health was job dissatisfaction. Increased needs for mental health counseling were cited. Presently, the occupational health approach nationwide dealt with two fronts: identification and study of occupational diseases; and the control of occupational disease and maintenance of worker health through optimal utilization of industrial hygiene and preventive medical services. Increased involvement on both the state and national levels was cited. According to the author, future emphasis will likely be placed on physiological and biochemical changes resulting from environmental toxicologic exposures, socioeconomic effects of occupational diseases, work physiology and man, epidemiology of industrial populations, and the systematic development of guidelines.
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Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational Medicine
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division