About the book
Occupational Health is incorporated as one of the two pillars of Occupational Health and Safety Professionals commonly referred to as OHS Professionals. However, only Workplace Safety is of prime concern to most Health and Safety Professionals and hence the aspects that have an immediate effect such as accidents, incidents and near-misses are given more importance in almost every workplace. It is important to consider other effects of occupations on health in order to fulfil the holistic approach of Health and Safety at workplace. The current knowledge on occupational diseases and illnesses lists out various issues that may arise due to constant exposure to a range of physical, chemical and biological hazards at the workplace and the potential preventive measures that can be put in place to overcome such issues. As the latency period for most of these issues are pretty long and it is quite difficult to link up such issues with their respective occupational exposures, they go unnoticed in many scenarios. More research and databases are essential in order to establish the strong relationship between such issues and occupational exposures and thereby influence policy makers to come up with more rigid regulations that can help to maintain a safe workplace for all.
This book intends to bring out the current status of Occupational Health and the knowledge gaps in some of the prominent and critical occupational diseases and illnesses such as respiratory diseases, musculo-skeletal disorders, pscyhosocial illnesses, dermatitis, occupational liver diseases and occupational infections.