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Newly Updated Occupational Disease Handbook Outlines Strategies for Preventing Workplace Injuries

Preventing Occupational Disease and Injury
2nd Edition

Edited by Barry S. Levy, M.D., M.P.H., Gregory R. Wagner, M.D., Kathleen M. Rest, Ph.D., M.P.A., James L. Weeks, Sc.D.

Washington, D.C., January 7, 2005 Preventing Occupational Disease and Injury, a compendium of over 100 adverse health outcomes caused in whole or in part by various occupations, includes new information on tools to control and eliminate job-related diseases and injuries in the second edition newly published by the American Public Health Association.

Each year, 5,000 to 6,000 workers in the United States die from acute traumatic occupational injuries. However, most hazards can be anticipated and prevented. Preventing Occupational Disease and Injury, thoroughly updated from its first edition published in 1991, provides information to assist in assessing the potential for disease or injury, recognizing occupational diseases and injuries such as brain cancer, sick building syndrome and asthma, evaluating relevant data and designing and implementing control measures.

“This book is designed to provide public health practitioners, interested and informed lay readers, and others guidance in identifying and preventing occupational disease and injury,” said the book’s editors, Barry S. Levy, M.D., M.P.H., adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, Kathleen M. Rest, Ph.D., M.P.A., deputy director for programs at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Gregory R. Wagner, M.D., director of the Division of Respiratory Disease Studies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and James L. Weeks, Sc.D., CIH, senior scientist at ATL International, Inc.

The handbook includes chapters on occupational health and safety law, building-related illness and cardiovascular, neurologic and respiratory disorders. One section presents information on taking an occupational history, work organization, populations at high risk, preventing occupational disease and injury in developing countries, resources for disaster preparedness, and organizations and Web sites that can be other sources of information.

“Occupational safety and health education must extend to the general public, with basic concepts of prevention of occupational diseases and injuries introduced as elements of primary and secondary education,” said James A. Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and Luz Maritza Tennassee, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.Sc., head of Occupational Health at the Pan American Health Organization. “New educational materials designed for this extended occupational health and safety work force are therefore needed. This second edition of Preventing Occupational Disease and Injury, which has been written for both health and safety professionals and informed lay readers, meets this need extremely well.”

Ordering Information: Published by the American Public Health Association, 2005, ISBN: 0-87553-043-5, 590 pages, cost is $31.00 ($21.95 for APHA members), plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll free (888) 320-APHA; fax (888) 361-APHA; e-mail or visit APHA’s Web site:

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