occupational safety and health

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The value of safety in the workplace is widely accepted. It has been an evolving concept since the earliest days of the industrial revolution, when public outrage at such practices as child labor and unsafe, unhealthy workplace conditions led to progressively more rigorous requirements, including prohibition of child labor, standards for ventilation and lighting in the workplace, protective clothing and equipment, and medical fitness for and permissible length of time at tasks where the safety of others, as well as the worker, is at stake.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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