Occupational Health and Safety

Each day, over 145 million workers in the U.S. — and several billion people around the globe — face the risk of work-related injuries and illnesses that can cause serious immediate or long-term health problems. Members of the Occupational Health and Safety Section are involved in preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, disabilities and deaths through research, training, treatment, advocacy and policymaking.

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Our Section is one of the oldest within APHA, advocating for the health, safety and well-being of workers, families, communities and the environment since 1914. We have more than 700 members, representing a multitude of disciplines from medicine, nursing and industrial hygiene to epidemiology, toxicology, environmental health, statistics, community organizing, teaching, history, law and journalism.

The Section provides leadership and expertise on occupational health matters, recognizing the intrinsic link between the work environment and the health and safety of families, communities and the environment at large.

To learn more about the Section and how you can be involved, contact Section Chair Homero Harari.