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Occupational and Environmental Health

Seventh edition

Edited by Barry S. Levy, David H. Wegman, Sherry L. Baron, and Rosemary K. Sokas

Publication Date - 01 December 2017

ISBN: 9780190662677

784 pages
7 x 10 inches


Praise for Previous Editions:

"This splendid book [...]is authoritative, well written, and ably edited." - Occupational & Environmental Medicine

"The book provides a logical, structured exposition of a diverse multidisciplinary speciality, employing a language and format designed to educate the novice student and seasoned practitioner alike - a vital contribution to the field." - New England Journal of Medicine

Occupational and environmental contributions to the occurrence of disease and injury represent a core component of public health and health care. Factors in the workplace and the ambient environment have significant impacts on individual and community health.

Occupational and Environmental Health is a comprehensive, practical textbook for understanding how work and environment influence individual and population health. Comprising 40 chapters written by national and international experts, this book combines theory and practical insights to help readers effectively recognize and prevent occupational and environmental disease and injury.

New to this Edition

  • New chapters on climate change, children's environmental health, liver disorders, kidney disorders, and a global perspective on occupational health and safety
  • Expanded coverage of government's role in occupational and environmental health
  • Updated approaches for recognizing and preventing disease and injury


  • This leading text on occupational and environmental health, now thoroughly updated in a seventh edition, introduces and explains key concepts and their application
  • Multidisciplinary and global approach, with extensive citations, makes this an ideal textbook for students and practitioners in public health (including requisite MPH coursework), medicine, nursing, industrial hygiene, safety, ergonomics, environmental sciences, and other fields
  • Provides a clear understanding of occupational and environmental health and its relationships to public health, environmental science, and government policy.
  • Case studies help readers apply the basic principles of environmental and occupational health to real-world challenges
  • Extensive graphs, photographs, and drawings illustrate key concepts
  • Annotated "Further Reading" sections at the end of each chapter provide resources for obtaining further information

About the Author(s)

Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH, is Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine and a Past President of the American Public Health Association.

David H. Wegman, MD, MSc, is Professor Emeritus, Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Adjunct Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Sherry L. Baron, MD, MPH, is Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health, Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment and the Department of Urban Studies, Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), who formerly served with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Rosemary K. Sokas, MD, MOH, is a Professor in the , Department of Human Science, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University, who formerly served with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


"the subject matter will be a valuable reference source to occupational health professionals who want to review epidemiology and disease prevention." -- Alan Bray, Occupational Medicine

Table of Contents


    Section I: Introduction

    1. Occupational and Environmental Health Challenges and Opportunities
    Barry S. Levy, David H. Wegman, Sherry L. Baron, and Rosemary K. Sokas

    2. Occupational and Environmental Health Equity and Social Justice
    Cora Roelofs, Sherry L. Baron, Sacoby Wilson, and Aaron Aber

    3. The Roles of Government in Protecting and Promoting Occupational and Environmental Health
    Gregory R. Wagner and Emily A. Spieler

    Section II: Recognition, Assessment, and Prevention

    4. Recognizing and Preventing Occupational and Environmental Disease and Injury
    Rosemary K. Sokas, Barry S. Levy, David H. Wegman, and Sherry L. Baron

    5. Epidemiology
    Sadie Costello, Jennifer M. Cavallari, David H. Wegman, Marie S. O'Neill, and Ellen A. Eisen

    6. Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance
    Letitia Davis and Kerry Souza

    7. Toxicology
    Robert Laumbach and Michael Gochfeld

    8. Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
    John D. Meeker

    9. Occupational Ergonomics: Promoting Safety and Health through Work Design
    W. Monroe Keyserling

    10. Clinical Occupational and Environmental Health Practice
    Bonnie Rogers

    Section III: Hazardous Exposures

    11. Chemical Hazards
    Michael Gochfeld and Robert Laumbach

    12A. Noise Exposure and Hearing Disorders
    David C. Byrne and Thais C. Morata

    12B. Vibration
    Peter Johnson and Martin Cherniack

    12C. Extremes of Temperature
    Ann M. Krake

    12D. Ionizing and Non-ionizing Radiation
    John Cardarelli II

    13. Biological Hazards
    Mark Russi

    14. Occupational Stress
    Paul A. Landsbergis, Marnie Dobson, Anthony D. LaMontagne, BongKyoo Choi, Peter Schnall, and Dean B. Baker

    15. Air Pollution
    Horacio Riojas-Rodríguez, Isabelle Romieu, and Mauricio Hernández-Ávila

    16. Water Contamination
    Jeffery A. Foran and Amaryl Griggs

    17. Food Safety
    Craig W. Hedberg

    18. Hazardous Waste
    Ken Silver, Gary A. Davis, and Denny Dobbin

    Section IV: Adverse Health Effects

    19. Injuries and Occupational Safety
    Dawn N. Castillo, Timothy J. Pizatella, and Nancy A. Stout

    20. Musculoskeletal Disorders
    Carisa Harris-Adamson, Stephen S. Bao, and Bradley Evanoff

    21. Cancer
    Elizabeth Ward

    22. Respiratory Disorders
    Crystal M. North and David C. Christiani

    23. Neurological Disorders
    Margit L. Bleecker

    24. Reproductive and Developmental Disorders
    Linda M. Frazier and Deborah Barkin Fromer

    25. Skin Disorders
    Loren C. Tapp and Boris D. Lushniak

    26. Cardiovascular Disorders
    Kenneth D. Rosenman

    27. Liver Disorders
    Barry S. Levy

    28. Kidney Disorders
    Virginia Weaver, Bernard Jaar, and Jeffrey Fadrowski

    Section V: An Integrated Approach to Prevention

    29. Climate Change
    Barry S. Levy and Jonathan A. Patz

    30. Children's Environmental Health
    Philip J. Landrigan

    31. Protecting Disaster Rescue and Recovery Workers
    Dori B. Reissman, Maryann M. D'Alessandro, Lisa Delaney, and John Piacentino

    32A. Hazards for Agricultural Workers
    Amy K. Liebman and John May

    32B. Hazards for Construction Workers
    Gavin H. West and Laura S. Welch

    32C. Hazards for Healthcare Workers
    Jane A. Lipscomb

    33. Conducting Worksite Investigations
    Bruce Bernard

    34. Addressing the Built Environment and Health
    Richard J. Jackson

    35. A Global Perspective on Occupational Health and Safety
    Jorma H. Rantanen

    Appendix: Illustrative Organizations