Occupational Health Equity

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Not all workers have the same risk of experiencing a work-related health problem, even when they have the same job. Occupational health inequities are avoidable differences in work-related disease incidence, mental illness, or morbidity and mortality that are closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage such as work arrangements (e.g. contingent work), socio-demographic characteristics (e.g. age, sex, race, and class), and organizational factors (e.g. business size). The Occupational Health Equity program promotes research, outreach, and prevention activities that reduce health inequalities for workers who are at higher risk for occupational injury and illness as a result of social and economic structures historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.

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Workplace Discriminationexternal icon
In the current study, we provide national prevalence estimates of workplace discrimination and mistreatment from a community-based cohort of employed black and white men and women aged ≥48 years.

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Low-wage Workers
A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that patient care aides, a low-wage workforce predominantly made up of women and racial/ethnic minorities, have limited access to healthcare and high prevalences of some adverse health outcomes.

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Immigrant workers
A recent article in the Journal of Agromedicine examines Alaska’s high-risk seafood processing industry and makes recommendations for protecting these vulnerable workers, many of whom are foreign-born and experience language barriers.

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Employment Qualityexternal icon
The quality of employment is associated with general health, mental health, and occupational injury through material deprivation, employment-related stressors, and occupational hazard exposure in the US general population.

Page last reviewed: December 18, 2019