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Safety and the diverse workforce: lessons from NIOSH's work with Latino immigrants.
Prof Saf 2014 Jun; 59(6):52-57
The U.S. workforce is undergoing dramatic demographic shifts that are likely to continue in the coming decades. Increasing participation of men and women in previously gender-segregated fields (Sarkar, 2002), the aging workforce (National Research Council, 2012) and the integration of 2.4 million soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2011 (Waterstone, 2010) are just a few characteristics of the emerging diverse workplace. Perhaps most noticeable is the country's growing ethnic diversity as a result of immigration and higher birthrates; this trend has prompted estimates that no ethnic or racial majority will exist in the U.S. by 2042 (Johnson & Lichter, 2010). Each group brings unique experiences, assets and challenges to the workplace in general and occupational safety and health in particular. Effectively responding to this diversity will be increasingly important for public- and private-sector institutions alike.
Work-environment; Workers; Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors; Age-factors; Men; Women; Soldiers; Military-personnel; Worker-health; Occupational-sociology; Sociological-factors; Health-services; Safety-education; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Work-organization; Management-personnel; Group-dynamics
Issue of Publication
Construction; Wholesale and Retail Trade
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division