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Silverstein MA; Maizlish NA; Park RM; Mirer FE
Workplace Health Surveillance: An Action-Oriented Approach. Maizlish, NA, ed., New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2000 Oct; :207-212
This chapter describes union-based efforts to develop and use epidemiologic surveillance techniques as routine accessible tools in the day-to-day conduct of a health and safety program. The United Automobile Workers International Union (UAW) represents 1.2 million workers in more than 2500 workplaces throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. These workers face an enormous range of potential health hazards on jobs ranging from paint formation to salt mining. Automobile manufacture, employing one-half of UAW members, is itself a collection of many distinctly different types of work. The UAW has had an active health and safety program for many years, utilizing occupational health professionals and local union health and safety representatives to identify workplace hazards and to develop technical and political strategies for their control. Simulated by intense membership concern with apparent excess cancer mortality in various workplaces, it became apparent that the health and safety program needed a new dimension-one which could evaluate patterns of illness, injury, and death that might not be apparent to even a skilled observer with the training to recognize known hazardous materials and conditions.
Automotive industry; Health programs; Health standards; Health surveys; Men; Women; Health hazards
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Workplace Health Surveillance: An Action-Oriented Approach
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