Risks resulting from employment are often among the most severe risks encountered by humans. The prevailing levels of risk of disease and injury in the workplace tend to be three or more orders of magnitude higher than corresponding risks in the general environment. Because the exposures are often higher, and somewhat easier to assess, occupational cohorts have been the source of much of the raw data for environmental risk assessment. Important science-policy issues are especially prominent in occupational health, including genetic screening and monitoring, risk spreading through dose/time adjustments, hazard thresholds, wage-risk tradeoffs in employment, and development and use of occupational exposure limits. The OHSSG will foster thoughtful discussion and interaction on these issues through increased participation in the SRA, through sponsored workshops, and through symposia relating to workplace hazards, risk assessment and risk management.
Contact: Charles Redinger Chair