The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

3193.0: Monday, November 11, 2002 - 12:30 PM

Abstract #47769

Putting the Public in Occupational Health and Safety

Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH, Barry S. Levy Associates, P. O. Box 1230, Sherborn, MA 01770, 5086501039,

Reflecting the overall theme of this APHA Annual Meeting, this presentation will describe and discuss the importance of putting the public in occupational health and safety and how this can be accomplished. Engaging the public in occupational health and safety is especially important for building a stronger base of support for effective programs and public policies concerning the preevntion of work-related disease and injury. Strategies that can be employed include: improving the use of the print and broadcast media in informing and educating the public about occupational health and safety issues; building partnerships between workers (and labor organizations) and other communities and sectors of society, including the environmental health community, the human rights community, and the civil society (nongovernmental) organizations; and designing and implementing broad-based advocacy campaigns on popular issues, including safe and healthful working conditions for women and for disabled workers, teen-age workers, and older workers. Examples will be given of successful initiatives in each of these areas.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to

Keywords: Occupational Health, Public Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Building Coalitions to Advance Occupational Health

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA