Depoliticizing occupational health. Can it be done? Should it be done?
Ann NY Acad Sci 1989 Dec; 572:166-171
The political issues involved in occupational health were described and discussed. According to the author, in an ideal world in which politicians and administrators would act immediately on the best and most up to date scientific findings, rolling over any special interest motivated opposition, it would be possible to depoliticize. But the author suggests there would be dangers also in a completely depoliticized atmosphere. The EPA and the State Department have negotiated the first truly preventive international protocol regarding a worldwide threat to the ozone layer. OSHA finished the year with a small burst of activity with rules on formaldehyde (50000) and on field sanitation. Modest strategies and tactics are suggested to assist in this work including getting as much scientific work done as you can; pressing the decision makers to respect and act on scientific data; get thoughtful members of Congress to act not only OSHA's mandate and operations, but also on getting the OMB under control; push consensus building; intervene and encourage others to intervene; organize; train and educate more and more people; and get into the public relations business.
NIOSH-Publication; Industrial-hazards; Regulations; Worker-health; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Legislation
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences