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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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Emerging Issues in the New Economy

Emerging Issues in the New Economy

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Global Occupational Health

Jorma Rantanen

Oxford University Press

Occupational health and safety is seen in many ways: an investment, protection for workers and their families, a cost to the employer, an ethical responsibility, a public health measure, a human right and a social good, and a necessity of “corporate responsibility”. Occupational health services are best viewed as an investment in the foundation of society, not as a benefit to workers or a luxury. Preventing disability due to occupational disorders removes a major cause of suffering, economic insecurity and lost economic productivity. Occupational health faces many challenges in coming years to provide services for everyone in an economic system, including mobile workers, workers in fragmented workplaces, in small- and medium-sized enterprises, and in the informal sectors and workers who are self-employed and other underserved groups. Occupational health must work to expand the content of services to cover psychological and psychosocial aspects of work and to develop the connection between occupational health and work ability in order to achieve better employability and expanded opportunity. Occupational health should be a basic right of working citizens, as recognized by international organizations and the constitutions of most democratic states.

Keywords:   occupational health, safety, occupational health services, investment, worker protection responsibility, mobile workers, small enterprises, underserved groups, employability

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