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ABC of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 3rd Edition

ABC of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 3rd Edition PDF

ABC of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 3rd Edition PDF
Preface

Preface:

Although work is generally considered to be good for your health and a healthy working population is essential to a country’s economic and social development, certain kinds of work can be damaging. Occupational health is the study of the effect – good and bad – of work on peoples’ health and, conversely, the effect of peoples’ health on their work: fitness for work in other words. Work places are specialized environments, capable of being closely controlled. Generally speaking, it is the lack of control imposed by employers that is the cause of ill health because of exposure to hazardous materials and agents at work, and of injury caused by workplace accidents. Working life does not, however, begin and end at the factory gate or the office door: many people walk, cycle or drive to work – a journey that often constitutes the major hazard of the day. Others have to drive or travel by other means as part of their job, live away from home, be exposed to other people, other food, other parasites. Even work from home, increasing in some countries, can have its problems, mainly psychosocial. Occupational health practitioners deal with all these aspects of working life. A working population consists of people mainly between 15 and 70 years (disregarding for the moment the ongoing scandal of child labour), who may be exposed for 8–12 hours a day to a relatively high concentration of toxic substances or agents, physical or psychological

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