Safe Work in the 21st Century: Education and Training Needs for the Next Decade's Occupational Safety and Health Personnel

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National Academies Press, Aug 1, 2000 - Business & Economics - 264 pages
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Despite many advances, 20 American workers die each day as a result of occupational injuries. And occupational safety and health (OSH) is becoming even more complex as workers move away from the long-term, fixed-site, employer relationship.

This book looks at worker safety in the changing workplace and the challenge of ensuring a supply of top-notch OSH professionals. Recommendations are addressed to federal and state agencies, OSH organizations, educational institutions, employers, unions, and other stakeholders.

The committee reviews trends in workforce demographics, the nature of work in the information age, globalization of work, and the revolution in health care delivery-exploring the implications for OSH education and training in the decade ahead.

The core professions of OSH (occupational safety, industrial hygiene, and occupational medicine and nursing) and key related roles (employee assistance professional, ergonomist, and occupational health psychologist) are profiled-how many people are in the field, where they work, and what they do. The book reviews in detail the education, training, and education grants available to OSH professionals from public and private sources.

 

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Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1
INTRODUCTION
17
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
32
LIST OF TABLES FIGURES AND BOXES
55
THE CHANGING WORKFORCE
90
THE CHANGING ORGANIZATION OF WORK
125
THE CHANGING DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE
141
EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS
152
education courses in 19961997
179
ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL CLASSROOMS
196
Summary of Recommendations 15
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