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Occupational health in poverty programs.
Transactions of the Thirty-First Annual Meeting of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Denver, Colorado, May 11-13, 1969 1969 May; :50-55
The need for an occupational health program for those living in poverty was addressed in light of these emerging factors: visibility of the occupational health field, the need for urban health programs, opportunity for innovation of comprehensiveness and economy, and awareness of the profits of preventive health services. Factors associated with poor health in the American workforce included: perpetuation of correctable problems such as undereducation, lack of services supporting all types of manpower, wasted manpower and welfare services, insufficient funding to meet the cost of immediate medical and dental correction, and absence of adequate services in industrial hygiene and safety engineering. Problems experienced by hardcore unemployed members of the population were considered. Emphasis was placed on the long term gains of instituting occupational safety and health programs. The role of health personnel centered on coordinating existing health resources, developing new resources, training in areas of high need, and reviewing funding requests. Workplace program goals included: prevention of disease and injury, work environment control, medical examination of employees, early detection of disease, and referral of injuries to private medical establishments.
Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-sociology; Industrial-health-programs; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Health-services; Health-standards
Transactions of the Thirty-First Annual Meeting of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Denver, Colorado, May 11-13, 1969
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division