American Public Health Association Meeting, Atlantic City, New Jersey, November 14, 1972, 1972 Nov:9 pages
The activities of NIOSH related to implementing the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHAct) were discussed in an address. The general accomplishments of NIOSH since enactment of OSHAct were described. NIOSH has remained current in meeting requests for health hazard evaluations (HHEs) and requests from official agencies for technical services. Applied research activities have been directed toward supporting criteria document development and HHEs. Five high priority criteria documents that affected several hundred thousand workers were produced in fiscal year 1972 and more are in progress. Twenty one training grants with 16 universities were funded. Problems with OSHAct were discussed. It was noted that OSHAct ignores the element of professional judgement. Treating the work environment the same way that a good physician treats a sick patient by prescribing good work practices based on a combination of human studies and guidelines is regarded as a sensible approach. Activities of NIOSH that utilize such an approach were described.
Regulations; Epidemiology; Health-protection; Occupational-health; Industrial-safety; Education; Health-standards;
American Public Health Association Meeting, Atlantic City, New Jersey, November 14, 1972, 9 pages, 1 reference