About the Course
Around the world, 3.7 BILLION people work for a living. Often, their places of work are physically dangerous or they expose workers to hazardous chemicals that cause diseases, often later in life.
Each year, 2.3 MILLION people die as a result of the work they do, and 300 MILLION have to take significant time off work because of work-related health problems.
This is not a problem of the developing world; even in the high-income areas of the world 300,000 die each year due to workplace factors.
Workplaces disasters such as cyanide gas release in Bhopal, India, or the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh bring world attention to these problems. But everyday, everywhere, hundreds of millions more are at risk of workplace hazards.
This course (SPPH 381B) will examine the discipline of “occupational health” – a public health specialization that focuses on the recognition, evaluation and control of occupational health hazards.
The course takes the perspective of the discipline of Occupational Hygiene that seeks to reduce injury and disease in the workplace through the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards.