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Addressing health and safety hazards in specific industries: agriculture, construction, and health care.
Baron-SL; Welch-LS; Lipscomb-JA
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; :661-682
Some industries pose especially complex challenges for occupational and environmental health professionals due to the variability of exposures and the high mobility of the workforce. In these industries, where workers perform a variety of tasks as they are exposed to many different hazards, it can be difficult to determine which exposure, if any, is responsible for a worker's health complaint. Sometimes, as in the above case, multiple exposures may interact, making diagnosis, treatment, and prevention especially difficult. Although knowledge of the health effects of individual hazards is important, occupational and environmental health professionals need to appreciate the complex ways in which workers experience these hazards and how the dynamic characteristics of industry can challenge their ability to control exposures and resultant health effects. In this chapter, we describe three important industries where workers face many hazards and where job mobility and task variability make assessment and control of hazards challenging.
Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Health-hazards; Environmental-health; Occupational-exposure; Workers; Worker-health
Levy-BS; Wegman-DH; Baron-SL; Sokas-RK
Occupational and environmental health: recognizing and preventing disease and injury, 5th edition
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