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Occupational health in the 1990s.
Wegman DH; Fine LJ
Annu Rev Public Health 1990 Jan; 11:89-103
A review was given on the remaining tasks in truly achieving occupational health for all workers in the 1990s. Topics included: uneven progress in the identification and prevention of occupational disease; the setting for the 1990s; research in causality and prevention; broad attack on physical hazards, including chronic musculoskeletal disorders and noise induced health risks; the potential significance of work organization on physical and mental health; control technology and philosophy (appropriate design, choice, implementation, and assessment); prevention in the social context, including internal and external audit and joint activities of labor and management; and the need for a broad interdisciplinary approach to the control of occupational health problems. The authors conclude that the 1990s hold the promise of being a period of substantial gain in the prevention of occupational health problems and in the promotion of the health of America's workforce. When all responsible parties are adequately informed about work environment risks, it will be possible to achieve the necessary improvements in the health protection of the adult working population by identifying and implementing creative solutions to existing and emerging problems.
NIOSH-Author; Worker-health; Disease-prevention; Health-hazards; Health-protection; Exposure-limits; Noise-exposure; Occupational-exposure; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Work-environment; Ventilation-systems; Occupational-sociology
Lawrence J. Fine, Director, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluation and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
Annual Review of Public Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division