Occupational Health and Safety: International Influences and the New Epidemics

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One way of looking at the prevention of workplace injuries and diseases is to believe managers and business owners should be compelled to do more; a better way is to accept that increased globalization and changes in methods of production also must be considered in reducing risks to workers' health. In this collection of 12 articles, contributors describe how these complex and little- understood or considered changes are affecting companies of all sizes with "new" epidemics such as occupational violence and injuries and illnesses associated with precarious employment, long-latency diseases, work injuries among adolescents and children, stress, pain from prolonged constrained standing, abuse on returning to work after an injury or illness, and failures in occupational rehabilitation. The collection concludes with articles on identifying warning signs of emerging epidemics and building a new model of epidemics. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: In the preface, Kaj Frick indicates that this book describes and analyzes the changing nature of the OHS risks and the mechanisms supporting them. The book also touches upon how new structures of production affect various actors' (health proponents') capacity to promote prevention.
Purpose: The book uses three perspectives that should be considered during the emergence of a new epidemic: a) biological and biopsychological methods; b) psychosocial risk factors; and c) socio-political explanations. Much of the thrust of this book is to challenge existing models for dealing with such epidemics. While some might dismiss the issue of model as superfluous, it is quite important. Leigh's argument about old diseases remaining endemic is focused by the choice of model. Further chapters struggle with important topics such as adolescent and even child labor.
Audience: The prime audience for this book consists of individuals studying and practicing epidemiology and public health. Arguably, it may become as valuable to social scientists as to other public health professionals.
Features: Twelve chapters span a wide range of OHS issues, including the interrelationships between precarious employment and poorer safety, health and safety problems associated with child and adolescent labor, the incidence and severity of occupational violence and bullying, the disease consequences of exposure to hazards with very long latency (e.g., mesothelioma), the effects of stress, and the role of best-practice models in prevention.
Assessment: In its attempt to assemble events in occupational health and safety with a view toward the future, this book joins publications such as Markowitz and Rossner's Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution (University of California Press, 2002), Epstein's Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War (Baywood Publishing, 2005), and even Beaglehole and Bonita's Public Health at the Crossroads: Achievements and Prospects, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press, 2004). It is well reasoned, perhaps providing a realistic view of the future. Reading this book provides a distant, pleasant, reminder of time spent studying key sociocultural and political causes important to understanding health deficits. My advice is to read the conclusions chapter (12) first and then sample the rest of the book.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895033031
  • Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/20/2005
  • Series: Policy, Politics, Health, and Medicine Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to occupational health and safety : international influences and the "new" epidemics 1
Ch. 2 International developments and their influence on occupational health and safety in advanced market economies 13
Ch. 3 Occupational violence : the emerging OHS epidemic of the 21st century 31
Ch. 4 The hidden epidemic of injuries and illness associated with the global expansion of precarious employment 53
Ch. 5 Long-latency disease : the long-lasting epidemics 75
Ch. 6 Work-related injuries among adolescent and child workers : the non-reported OHS epidemic 97
Ch. 7 The epidemic of stress 117
Ch. 8 Pain associated with prolonged constrained standing : the invisible epidemic 139
Ch. 9 The discourse of abuse in return-to-work : a hidden epidemic of suffering 159
Ch. 10 Occupational health and safety, and occupational rehabilitation : the nature of the prevention-rehabilitation continuum 175
Ch. 11 Before the epidemic strikes : identifying warning signs of an emerging epidemic and conducting baseline empirical studies in industry 187
Ch. 12 Conclusion : models of epidemics 211
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