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Barry S. Levy, David H. Wegman, Sherry L. Baron, and Rosemary K. Sokas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190662677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190662677.001.0001

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Injuries and Occupational Safety

Injuries and Occupational Safety

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(p.411) 19 Injuries and Occupational Safety
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Occupational and Environmental Health
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Dawn N. Castillo

Timothy J. Pizatella

Nancy A. Stout

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190662677.003.0022

This chapter describes occupational injuries and their prevention. It describes in detail the causes of injuries and epidemiology of injuries. Occupational injuries are caused by acute exposure in the workplace to safety hazards, such as mechanical energy, electricity, chemicals, and ionizing radiation, or from the sudden lack of essential agents, such as oxygen or heat. This chapter describes the nature and the magnitude of occupational injuries in the United States. It provides data on risk of injuries in different occupations and industries. Finally, it discusses prevention of injuries, using a hierarchical approach to occupational injury control.

Keywords:   occupational injuries, causes of injuries, prevention through design, safe design, engineering controls, administrative controls, personal protective equipment, training, epidemiology

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