Occupational Health Hazards: Management and Labor in a Vital Interaction

  • Richard H. Egdahl
  • Diana Chapman Walsh
Part of the Springer Series on Industry and Health Care book series (SSIND, volume 4)


Occupational health hazards pose a separate set of problems from those related to finding a health care provider or selecting a system of care. At the ends of the spectrum, occupational health hazards are either acute and obvious, demanding nothing short of immediate and intense effort to remove them from the workplace, or entirely unsuspected, leaving little to be done. Between the two extremes lies a large and growing grey area that challenges traditional assumptions about roles and responsibilities in the interactions between management and labor. The wide middle of the spectrum is the focus of this chapter; the ambiguity of the risks makes effective communication vital—and difficult. Together with pressures created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHAct) of 1970 and with scientific findings at the tip of a possibly massive iceberg, the social movements toward self-determination discussed in the previous three chapters are accelerating demands within industry for better communication about occupational health hazards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard H. Egdahl
    • 1
  • Diana Chapman Walsh
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Industry and Health CareBoston University Health Policy InstituteBostonUSA

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