4217.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Occupational Health Clinics: 2 Panels Discuss Ethics, Advocacy, and Workplace Change

Part I. The purpose of this session is to provide a space for discussion of the role occupational health clinical centers could play in facilitating the improvement of working conditions by aiding the actions of workers and unions. The underlying assumption of the session is that the question of power, (who has it and who doesn't) is inseparable from the issue of workplace safety and health. Whoever has the power to determine working conditions also creates the conditions for safety and health. For many years, on an international level, unions and worker based or aligned occupational health and safety activists have recognized this linkage and have struggled in various ways to bring workers more of an ability to shape their working conditions. Our session proposes to discuss this general issue in a specific context. The provision of accessible, worker oriented occupational health clinical services has been one area addressed by the safety and health movement. We propose to present examples of these clinical services from Ontario, Canada; Great Britain; and New York State to compare approaches, assess achievements, and identify constraints to their development. The political/economic context has clearly changed since these centers were originally conceived and developed. Consequently, we hope to use this workshop to share ideas on how worker oriented centers can move forward despite a climate that is generally hostile to worker based or allied initiatives
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Presider(s):Michael B. Lax, MD
Organizer(s):Michael B Lax, MD, MPH
Katherine Kirkland, MPH
2:30 PMPanel 1 Overview: The Role Occupational Health Clinical Centers Play in Facilitating the Workplace Advocacy
Michael B. Lax, MD, MPH
2:35 PMCreating a climate for worker action and workplace change: Experiences at a publically funded occupational health clinical center in New York State
Rosemary Klein, MS, C-ANP, COHN-S
2:45 PMCommunity Organizing for an Occupational Health center in Sarnia, Ontario
Jim Brophy, Margaret Keith
2:55 PMGiving Face to a Vacuum- Occupational Health Clinic as a Change Agent for Occupational Health Promotion in Toronto and Eastern Ontario
Andrew King
3:05 PMA Community Physician-Based Occupational Health Project in Sheffield, England
Simon Pickvance
3:15 PMPanel 2: Ethical Issues in the Practice of Occupational Medicine
Tee Guidotti, MD, MPH, Steve Mooser, MPH, Peter Orris, MD, MPH, Glenn Pransky, MD, MPH
Sponsor:Occupational Health and Safety
Cosponsors:Environment; Health Administration; Labor Caucus; Socialist Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA