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Occupational and environmental health: recognizing and preventing disease and injury, 5th edition.
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Levy BS, Wegman DH, Baron SL, Sokas RK, eds. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005 Nov; :1-847
Occupational and environmental health issues profoundly affect everyone's health and well-being. Each of us has a responsibility to address the issues that affect us as individuals, as members of families and communities, and as citizens of the world. As we prepared this fifth edition of this textbook, we directed our attention to how health professionals can recognize and prevent occupational and environmental disease and injury-at both the individual and population levels. We have, therefore, substantially revised this book to enable health professionals and students in the health professions to understand these issues and the contexts in which they occur. In the first years of this century, dramatic changes continue to impact occupational health (ranging from the recognition of new workplace health hazards to the changing nature of work itself) and environmental health (ranging from global warming to how airborne contaminants adversely affect health). And dramatic changes continue to impact how we obtain, analyze, communicate, and use information for research, practice, and advocacy in this field. In addition, relationships between occupational health and environmental health are increasingly recognized. Occupational health hazards can affect communities. Environmental health problems often originate in workplaces. And work-related hazards, environmental degradation, poverty, and social injustice are often interrelated. This textbook aims to reflect these changes and to enable readers to prepare themselves to recognize and prevent disease and injury in a changing world. In developing this edition, we have updated chapters from the fourth edition, emphasizing aspects of both occupational and environmental health. In addition, we have added several new chapters on environmental health issues, such as ambient air pollution, water quality, hazardous waste, and global environmental changes. We have also added a final section to the book that focuses primarily on the application and integration of occupational and environmental health principles and information. Although this book focuses primarily on occupational and environmental health in the United States, it includes several authors and many specific examples from other countries. It is designed for use by practitioners and students in health and safety professions throughout the world. This book is divided into five sections. Section I provides an overview of occupational and environmental health-including an overview from a social perspective-as well as government regulation, legal remedies, and ethics in occupational and environmental health. Section II focuses on recognition, assessment, and prevention. Section III focuses on hazardous exposures. Section IV considers injuries and disorders by organ system, with emphasis on clinical features and prevention. Section V focuses on selected populations of workers, the roles of labor unions and nongovernmental organizations, health hazard evaluations of workplace and community exposures and illnesses, and the impact of regulation. Information alone will not prevent occupational and environmental diseases and injuries. Prevention also depends, in part, on developing the popular and political will to support it and to implement specific preventive measures. Our society woefully undervalues the importance of prevention. Informed health and safety professionals and students, through their values, vision, and leadership, can help develop the popular and political will to ensure that occupational and environmental diseases and injuries are recognized and prevented.
Occupational-health; Occupational-medicine; Environmental-health; Disease-prevention; Injury-prevention
Levy-BS; Wegman-DH; Baron-SL; Sokas-RK
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Occupational and environmental health: recognizing and preventing disease and injury, 5th edition
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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division