Magazine article The Nation's Health

New Book Focuses on Workers' Occupational Health, Safety

Magazine article The Nation's Health

New Book Focuses on Workers' Occupational Health, Safety

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A NEW BOOK makes the case for including the workplace in health policies.

"Occupational Safety and Health Policy" by Melvin Myers, MPA, will soon be available from APHA Press. The book explores not only how employers can make workplaces safer and healthier for employees, but how regulation at the state and federal level can impact employee health.

Myers, an adjunct associate professor at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and an APHA member, said the book helps public health advocates better understand the world of occupational health, the role policy can play in improving that realm and steps individuals and organizations can take to make that improvement a reality.

"A lot of times I think, in teaching policy, we talk about what it is and not about how to make it work," Myers told The Nation's Health. "I tried to fill that gap. 'How do you make that happen?' People don't really think about policy, because there's no book out there about occupational health policy."

"Occupational Safety and Health Policy" looks at what is being done well in the world of occupational safety and health, and also what is being done poorly. While some people might think of miners' safety, or Upton Sinclair's expose of the meatpacking industry, "The Jungle," as examples of occupational safety gone wrong, Myers said there are many other examples detailed within the book. Also, while major disasters capture the public's attention, small news items about individual workers who are hurt or killed on the job often pass under the radar--hiding possible safety epidemics and larger problems. …

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