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Preventing occupational and environmental disease and injury.
Sokas RK; Levy BS; Wegman DH; Baron SL
Occupational and environmental health: recognizing and preventing disease and injury, 5th edition. Levy BS, Wegman DH, Baron SL, Sokas RK, eds. Philadelphia PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005 Nov; :148-171
Prevention is the goal of occupational and environmental health and safety. It requires a systematic approach, effective communication, and constant feedback. Prevention generally involves a sequence of steps, including (a) gathering information about exposures and outcomes; (b) identifying problems; (c) developing, communicating, and implementing strategies for prevention; and (d) evaluating the outcome of these strategies. All societal activities require vision, planning, and implementation-erecting buildings; establishing water, sewage, and transportation systems; developing sources of and distributing energy; growing, packaging, and distributing food; and planning entire cities. Occupational and environmental injuries and illnesses are, in one way or another, the result of these same activities. With enough care, resources, and commitment, we can prevent problems ranging from the adverse effects of air pollution and hazardous wastes to workplace illnesses and injuries. And we can continuously and sustainably shape our environment to reduce and eliminate health and safety hazards.
Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-diseases; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Environmental-health; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-health-programs; Feedback-controls; Exposure-assessment; Occupational-exposure
Levy BS; Wegman DH; Baron SL; Sokas RK
Occupational and environmental health: recognizing and preventing disease and injury, 5th edition
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division