The Work Environment: Occupational Health

  • Donald Vesley


Second only to the home, the work environment is where most Americans spend a significant portion of their total hours. The variety of activities and potential exposure to hazardous physical, chemical, and biological agents is so extensive that the occupational environment is often considered separately from other environmental health categories (e.g., departments of Environmental and Occupational Health). It also involves a variety of subdisciplines including Occupational Medicine, Occupational Health Nursing, Industrial Hygiene, and Occupational Injury Control.


Occupational Health Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Physical Exposure Threshold Limit Value Permissible Exposure Limit 


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A very useful textbook on the subject of occupational health is

  1. Levy, B.S. and D.H. Wegman, 1995. Occupational Health: Recognizing and Preventing Work Related Disease. (3rd Ed.) Little Brown. Boston, MA.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Vesley
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  1. 1.Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public HealthUniversity of MinnesotaUSA

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