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Impact of Chemical and Physical Exposures on Workers’ Health

DAVID C. CHRISTIANI and XIAO-RONG WANG

in Global Inequalities at Work

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195150865
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865222 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150865.003.001
 Impact of Chemical and Physical Exposures on Workers’ Health

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Exposure to chemical and physical hazards in the workplace, resulting in a variety of occupational illnesses, is a common negative impact of work on health. This chapter provides an overview of several major health problems related to chemical and physical agent exposures in workplaces. It highlights occupational problems faced by industrializing countries where the relevant data are available, and compares the exposures that occur in industrialized countries with those that occur in industrializing ones. Finally, it emphasizes the preventable nature of most occupational risks and the potential for successful preventive interventions by governmental agencies, scientific researchers, and businesses.

Keywords: chemical agent exposure; physical agent exposure; work; occupational health; occupational illnesses

Chapter.  7248 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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