The Use of Epidemiological Models in Planning Preventive Programmes in Occupational Health
Those responsible for the planning of preventive programmes in occupational health and safety are faced with similar problems to those operating in other areas of health care. These are twofold: problems in determining priorities for the different hazards found at the workplace; and problems in deciding which of the available methods of prevention to use in relation to specific hazards. Certain aspects of occupational health and safety exacerbate these difficulties, particularly the presence of a mixture of hazards, some of which are acute in nature (such as machinery hazards resulting in traumatic Injury) whereas others are chronic (such as noise resulting in progressive noise Induced hearing loss). An approach to this problem will be outlined in this paper.
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