Prevention of occupational diseases: implementing the evidence

In reflecting on his career, Archie Cochrane once said that he felt it was a pity that he was mainly remembered for his work on randomised controlled trials (RCTs). He actually felt more proud of the research he had done on behalf of workers in British coal mines.[1] Based on his work, dust levels in coal mines have been lowered considerably, reducing the risk of pneumoconiosis. There have been improvements in many other occupational safety and health (OSH) statistics, such as injury rates and exposures to chemical agents,[2] but there are also OSH problems for which the statistics have not shown a decline. Occupational hearing loss is still reported among the most frequent occupational diseases in many countries. Around the world, workers and employers struggle with problems such as disability related to back pain and other musculoskeletal problems. And in health care, we still cannot fully protect workers from the risks of contracting infectious diseases from their work [...]

Source : Verbeek J, Morata TC, Ruotsalainen J, Vainio H. Prevention of occupational diseases: implementing the evidence [editorial]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013 30 April;4:ED000056.


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