5064.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Primary Prevention: The Integration Concept of Occupational and Environmental Health

In this session, five presenters will discuss the importance of bringing both occupational and environmental concerns to the table in tandem. Through sharing their work, they will examine the potential for integration of primary prevention strategies in the occupational and environmental health sciences. There is a strong link between hazards in the environment and hazards in the workplace. Environmental "activists" in this country have already forced a "paradigm shift" from control to prevention by prohibiting "risk shifting" from media to media. There is a need to address the development of a new "paradigm" in the workplace where prevention precedes control. Pollution prevention can be a source of preventive industrial hygiene, by calling for the reduction or elimination of hazardous chemicals or by modifying processes to eliminate sources of occupational injury and illness. These activities decrease pollution by avoiding its creation. It is a goal of this panel discussion to demonstrate that this key component of pollution prevention can provide the guidance required to help prevent injury and illness from occurring in the workplace as well. Participants, at the end of this session will realize that research and programs have been developed to promote the "integration concept" of uniting both occupational and environmental health issues at all stakeholder levels. They will take part in a unique group discussion on how to raise awareness among all public health professionals of the potential social benefits to be achieved by integrating pollution prevention and occupational health programs
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Presider(s):Janie Gordon, ScM
Organizer(s):Karla R. Armenti
8:30 AMIntroduction: Primary Prevention: The Integration Concept of Occupational and Environmental Health
Rafael Moure-Eraso, PhD
8:43 AMPollution Prevention and Worker Toxic Exposures: A Method for Modeling Exposures
Darius Sivin
8:56 AMPrimary Prevention for Occupational Health - How Pollution Prevention has affected Worker Safety and Health at four Printed Wire Board facilities in Massachusetts
Karla R. Armenti
9:09 AMWhat Occupational Health and Environmental Specialists Need to Know to Protect Workers and the Environment
Matt Gillen
9:22 AMStrategies to Reduce or Eliminate Glutaraldehyde from Hospitals
Jamie Tessler, MPH, Margaret Quinn, ScD, CIH
9:35 AMWorker Participation in Pollution Prevention Programs Provides Benefits to Occupational Health and Environmental
Marian Flum, MS
9:48 AMDiscussion
Sponsor:Occupational Health and Safety
Cosponsors:Environment; Labor Caucus; Socialist Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA