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Growth of occupational health.
Occupational Health and Safety, Third Edition. MZ Balge, GR Krieger, eds., Itasca, IL: National Safety Council, 2000 Jan; :3-24
After passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHAct) in 1970, the field of occupational health and safety continues to grow. In the United States, more experts are involved in the process of maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. Among them are physicians, nurses, safety professionals, and industrial hygienists. These professionals are collectively involved and work as a team. Today these professionals receive more training in occupational health than ever before. Today, workers are more aware of the types of exposures they encounter in the workplace, and management better recognizes they need for employing trained personnel to maintain a safe and healthy work environment. However more needs to be done, particularly, in small businesses, which comprise more than 99% of the total U.S. work force (CBP, 1999). Many of these businesses cannot afford to hire trained occupational health and safety personnel on a full-time basis. Their only recourse may be to use these professional services on a contractual or shared basis with other small businesses.
Occupational health; Occupational health programs; Occupational safety programs; Workers; Work environment; Occupational exposure; Training
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Balge MZ; Krieger GR
Occupational Health and Safety, Third Edition
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division