OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH IS DEFINED AS THE PREVENTION OF WORK-CAUSED DISEASES AND DISABILITIES BY THE CONTROL OF THE WORK ENVIRONMENT. THE REQUIREMENTS ARE DISCUSSED FOR AN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM AND SPECIFIC TOPICS THAT ARE CAUSING MAJOR PROBLEMS WITHIN THE INDUSTRY. IT IS FELT THAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THAT ITS WORKERS ARE NOW SUFFERING DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY FROM JOB-INDUCED HEALTH HAZARDS AND THAT NEW HAZARDS ARE EMERGING WITH THE INDUSTRY'S INCREASING TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES. DISEASES RESULTING FROM OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY PRIMARILY INVOLVE THE SKIN, THE LUNGS, SYSTEMIC POISONINGS, AND HEARING LOSS. SPECIFICALLY DISCUSSED ARE THE FOLLOWING OCCPATIONAL HAZARDS BROUGHT ABOUT BY: DUST, HEAT, NOISE, AND NOXIOUS AGENTS. TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY INTO THE AREA OF MACHINES AND CHEMICALS HAS CREATED THE BY-PRODUCT OF AN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROBLEM. IT IS FELT THAT OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH WITHIN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WAS NEGLECTED FOR TOO LONG AND IS STILL BEING NEGLECTED.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Tech Rept NO 105, 278 PP, 29 FIG, 29 TAB, 3 APP, 7 REF
  • Corporate Authors:

    Stanford University

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Stanford, CA  USA  94305
  • Authors:
    • Destwolinski, L W
  • Publication Date: 1969-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00215262
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 3 1970 12:00AM