3. Workers and Workplaces

  1. Arlene Guzik DNP, ARNP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN President and Owner
  1. Arlene Guzik DNP, ARNP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN President and Owner

Published Online: 26 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783252.ch3

Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing

Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing

How to Cite

Guzik, A. (2013) Workers and Workplaces, in Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783252.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813806891

Online ISBN: 9781118783252

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Keywords:

  • healthy workforce;
  • occupational health nurse (OHN);
  • standard industrial classification (SIC) system;
  • workplace management

Summary

Support for a healthy workforce is the basis for occupational health. This implies that the occupational health nurse (OHN) will focus efforts on creating a healthy work environment, with an emphasis on individual health, safety, and injury prevention. The OHN should collect, analyze, interpret, and communicate information related to the diversity of the workforce, along with related injuries, illnesses, risks, and hazards. This information is then used to guide the development of policies, procedures, and strategies that will lead to risk reduction and intervention activities. The standard industrial classification (SIC) system is used to classify workplaces by type of activity. These classifications are used for the purpose of data collection and analysis. There is a growing need for continued advances in science and research regarding worker health and productivity. There must be a balanced concerned for advances in science, technology, and protection for worker health and safety.