Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice

Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice

by Bernard J. Healey, Kenneth T. Walker
     
 

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Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice

Bernard J. Healey and Kenneth T. Walker

Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice

Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice uses concepts of prevention, epidemiology, toxicology, disparities, preparedness, disease management, and health

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Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice

Bernard J. Healey and Kenneth T. Walker

Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice

Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice uses concepts of prevention, epidemiology, toxicology, disparities, preparedness, disease management, and health promotion to explain the underlying causes of occupational illness and injury and to provide a methodology to develop cost-effective programs that prevent injury and keep workers safe. Students, health educators, employers, and other health care professionals will find that this essential resource provides them with the necessary skills to develop, implement, and evaluate occupational health programs and forge important links between public health and worker safety.

Praise for Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice

"Successful evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention efforts recognize that health choices and outcomes of individuals and communities are profoundly affected by their respective social and physical environments. This book is a great tool to identify opportunities and strategies to integrate and leverage efforts for the individual, family, workplace, and broader community."
—Robert S. Zimmerman, MPH, president of Public Health Matters LLC, former Secretary of Health, Pennsylvania

"A timely and crucial book for all health care professionals."
—Mahmoud H. Fahmy, PhD, Professor of Education, Emeritus, Wilkes University

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This book develops concepts helpful for explaining the underlying causes of occupational illness and injury and devises a plan for cost-effective programs that could prevent injury and keep workers safe. It is a short, readable book that will engage undergraduate students and others who wish to strive for evidence-based health promotion.
Purpose: The authors are boots-on-the-ground consultants and professors who have set out to assemble a team of professionals who can write clearly and with authority. Given the twentieth century's accomplishments in terms of workplace safety and toxics recognition, this new century will benefit from readers who practice using the principles outlined in this book.
Audience: Virtually any member of the public health team could make use of this book.
Features: Organized into four parts, the book highlights public health prevention foci, occupational safety and health, public health issues in occupational safety and health, and leadership issues in prevention. Part one provides a background of historical development and relevant epidemiology. Part two recounts more history relevant to safety, injuries as well as the subtle distinctions between compliance and prevention. Part three is expansive: nine chapters span toxicology and the impaired employee to communicable diseases and vision loss. Part four revisits the economic impacts of prevention along with steps to possibly develop a culture of prevention.
Assessment: Examining the ergonomics chapter gives readers a sense of how the authors view their field: "Ergonomics is neither new nor difficult to understand. In simple terms, if work hurts, it is wrong." This kind of forthright approach is apparent throughout the book's 300-plus pages. A former Pennsylvania health chief, Robert Zimmerman, believes the book amounts to "a great tool to identify opportunities and strategies" within the public health arena. Whether on the reading table or in the classroom, I believe readers will second Dr. Zimmerman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470504055
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/20/2009
Series:
Public Health/Environmental Health , #13
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
874,199
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Bernard J. Healey, PhD, is director of the Graduate Program in Health Care Administration, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Professor of Health Care Administration. Formerly, he was a public health epidemiologist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Kenneth T. Walker, CSP, is president of Endless Mountains Safety Consulting, Inc., Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania and adjunct professor at the University of Scranton. Previously, he was Industrial Hygiene, Safety, Emergency Response, and Technical Equipment Safety Manager for Proctor and Gamble Corporation. In 2009 he was elected a regional director for the American Society of Safety Engineers.

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