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Occupational health as a human right.
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1989 Jan; :1-18
Following personal remarks concerning his own ties to the University of Utah and brief mention of the person of Dr. Alice Hamilton and her work on behalf of worker health, the author addressed the group concerning the basic human right to expect safety at the workplace. He stressed the importance of the health care professional as the main person speaking for the safety and health of the workers in the United States today, and discussed the dilemma of professionals who find themselves in conflict with the desires of those who pay their salaries in order to serve the workers better. He cited the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as providing a connection between the sweeping concept of human rights and the expectation of workers that they will be laboring in a safe and healthful environment. According to the author, it is important to understand what one is talking about in discussions of human rights and to comprehend how such discussions aid in formulating the moral climate of our lives. Eventually such morality moves into the realm of legislation. Such has been the case in occupational safety and health with the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which was described briefly in its various subparts. The role of NIOSH in answering today's needs is discussed.
Occupational-safety-programs; Worker-health; Occupational-health-programs; Industrial-safety-programs; Industrial-health-programs; Safety-practices; Workplace-studies;
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Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Page last reviewed: February 18, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division