Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Occupational Health and Sustainability

  • Catherine ZemanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_450

Definition

Occupational health is an area of applied scientific inquiry that is multidisciplinary in scope, drawing on the environmental, medical, public health, industrial and technological sciences, as well as epidemiological methods, to understand the etiologies of work-related diseases and injuries (Levy et al. 2011; Alli 2008). The goal of practitioners is to prevent, correctly diagnose, and treat occupational health conditions and maintain the fitness of the workforce, as well as enhance individual worker wellbeing. The field’s grounding paradigms are drawn from a diverse body of knowledge that changes as the nature of work changes. Understandings of and solutions for work-related health concerns are best approached through a systems analysis lens, the same approach that environmental sustainability issues are best understood through (Meadows 2008). Consequently, occupational health concerns and sustainability challenges share many intersectional ties (Boileau 2016; Hartwell 2012)....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HRCS, Public Health and Health EducationUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Markus Will
  • Isabel Novo-Corti
    • 1
  1. 1.University of A CorunaA CoruñaSpain