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Global Occupational Health$
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Tee L. Guidotti

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380002

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380002.001.0001

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The Principles of Occupational Health

The Principles of Occupational Health

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(p.3) 1 The Principles of Occupational Health
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Global Occupational Health
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Jorma Rantanen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380002.003.0001

Occupational health brings together many sciences and many social disciplines in order to achieve social progress for workers and their families. The field recognizes a social right to work in a safe workplace where due care is given to prevent injury and illness and to protect the health of workers from death, injury and disability, thereby also protecting their families and those who depend on them against loss of income and social support. Occupational health problems are often overlooked as an obstacle to development but they can be a substantial drag on economic development, amounting to at least 4 – 5 % of the gross domestic product (GDP) of countries. Even so, developing countries often lack effective occupational health protection, even when safeguards exist in the law.

Keywords:   occupational health, workplace, injury, illness, health, disability, economic development, safeguards, workers, protection

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