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Occupational safety 

Occupational safety

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Occupational safety
Author(s):

Lawrence Waterman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.090402

February 27, 2014: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 28 June 2017

Any approach to occupational health must acknowledge that accidents in the workplace result in many injuries. Construction, agriculture, and primary extraction are the main causes of fatalities and serious injuries, but many more minor injuries result from all kinds of work.

Health and safety law has developed with an emphasis on accident prevention that is based on designing and managing the working environment by (1) defining appropriate processes and work practices that are safe; (2) developing and maintaining a health and safety culture; and (3) influencing behaviour so that everyone is focused on the best and safest way to do their work....

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