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Definition[ edit ] As defined by the World Health Organization WHO "occupational health deals with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace and has a strong focus on primary prevention of hazards.
Health has been defined as It contrasts, for example, with the promotion of health and safety at work, which is concerned with preventing harm from any incidental hazardsarising in the workplace. The concept of working culture is intended in this context to mean a reflection of the essential value systems adopted by the undertaking concerned.
Such a culture is reflected in practice in the managerial systems, personnel policy, principles for participation, training policies and quality management of the undertaking.
Professionals advise on a broad range of occupational health matters. These include how to avoid particular pre-existing conditions causing a problem in the occupation, correct posture for the work, frequency of rest breaks, preventative action that can be undertaken, and so forth.
History[ edit ] Harry McShane, age 16, Pulled into machinery in a factory in Cincinnati and had his arm ripped off at the shoulder and his leg broken without any compensation.
The research and regulation of occupational safety and health are a relatively recent phenomenon. As labor movements arose in response to worker concerns in the wake of the industrial revolution, worker's health entered consideration as a labor-related issue. In the United Kingdomthe Factory Acts of the early nineteenth century from onwards arose out of concerns about the poor health of children working in cotton mills: However, on the urging of the Factory Inspectorate, a further Act in giving similar restrictions on working hours for women in the textile industry introduced a requirement for machinery guarding but only in the textile industry, and only in areas that might be accessed by women or children.
The commission sparked public outrage which resulted in the Mines Act of The act set up an inspectorate for mines and collieries which resulted in many prosecutions and safety improvements, and byinspectors were able to enter and inspect premises at their discretion.
Similar acts followed in other countries, partly in response to labor unrest.
Occupational hazard Although work provides many economic and other benefits, a wide array of workplace hazards also present risks to the health and safety of people at work.
These include but are not limited to, "chemicals, biological agents, physical factors, adverse ergonomic conditions, allergens, a complex network of safety risks," and a broad range of psychosocial risk factors. Physical hazards affect many people in the workplace.
Biohazards affect workers in many industries; influenzafor example, affects a broad population of workers. There are many classifications of hazardous chemicals, including neurotoxins, immune agents, dermatologic agents, carcinogens, reproductive toxins, systemic toxins, asthmagens, pneumoconiotic agents, and sensitizers.
There is some evidence that certain chemicals are harmful at lower levels when mixed with one or more other chemicals. This may be particularly important in causing cancer.
Construction workers might be particularly at risk of falls, for instance, whereas fishermen might be particularly at risk of drowning. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies the fishingaviationlumbermetalworkingagriculturemining and transportation industries as among some of the more dangerous for workers.
Construction site safety Workplace safety notices at the entrance of a Chinese construction site. Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, incurring more occupational fatalities than any other sector in both the United States and in the European Union.
Health and safety legislation in the construction industry involves many rules and regulations.
For example, the role of the Construction Design Management CDM Coordinator as a requirement has been aimed at improving health and safety on-site.Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act have been made in this official reprint. Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.
This Act is administered by the Ministry of . We protect and promote the health of Ingham County residents through programs to prevent and control communicable diseases, programs to protect citizens from environmental hazards, and several efforts and programs to link county residents to an organized system of health care.
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