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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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Industries and Workplaces

Industries and Workplaces

(p.355) 19 Industries and Workplaces
Global Occupational Health

Hugo Rüdiger

Michael Nasterlack

Andreas Zober

Tee L. Guidotti

Oxford University Press

Although there are hazards that may be characteristic to a particular industry or workplace, individual workers may be primarily exposed to hazards that are not common to the industry as a whole. For example, welders in a mine or in a chemical industry are more often exposed to the hazards of welding, not those of mining and chemicals. Another is that in every industry, there are many jobs, such as boxing products and shipping, that have the same hazards. In occupational health that old hazards, even when they are controlled in one industry, never disappear for long: they reappear in new industries and new technologies, where professionals are unfamiliar with them and do not expect them. Among the industries discussed are biomedical research and biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, electronics, energy, heavy manufacturing, light manufacturing, metal fabrication, mining and smelting, paper and pulp manufacturing, plastics, rubber, steel, shipyards, transportation, and wood products.

Keywords:   industry, workplace, biomedical research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical industry, chemical industry, electronics, heavy manufacturing, mining, transportation

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