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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 Future

The Future

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(p.560) 31 The Future
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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/9780195380002.003.0031

The early pioneers of public health and occupational health believed that all they had to do was to implement preventive actions and they would no longer be needed. We now understand that new problems are being created all the time and old problems reappear in new industries as the economy and technology change. These realities mean that occupational health practice must be flexible. Occupational health professionals will have to influence decision making and all must learn to communicate effectively and persuasively. What an occupational health professional does not know must be gained from a partnership with other professionals and by forming teams. Research is essential to understand complex problems and will have to deal with additional dimensions, such as psychological factors, that have sometimes been neglected in the past. Occupational health will need to keep pace with globalization and new information. The occupational health professional must be dedicated to continuing education and growth. Even so, some things will not change. These include ethics, to which occupational health professionals must always be committed, and the basic principles of worker protection, which will always apply.

Keywords:   public health, occupational health professionals, ethics, research, globalization, new technology, change

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