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Occupational Health and Safety

Employment-related risks are often among the most severe risks encountered by people. The prevailing levels of risk of disease, injury and stress in the workplace tend to be three or more orders of magnitude higher than corresponding risks in the general environment. The costs and impacts from this are immense, not only to workers, but to their families, organizations, and society as a whole. Because the exposures are often higher in the workplace, 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, risk transfer, residual risk, and development and use of occupational inference values and banding tools.

The domain of worker health has expanded along with increased understanding of the multifaced and multidimensional nature of risk both inside and outside of work, and their intertwined relationship. 

OHSSG members work in a diverse range of arenas, including public policy, academia, research, industry, business, government, and consulting. Our committee harnesses SRA’s full arsenal of risk expertise (risk analysis, assessment, communication, benefit-cost analysis, management, etc.) to help impact worker, organizational, community, and global health. We generate and foster thought-leading discussions that impact both SRA members, and occupational health and safety professionals more broadly, beyond SRA through our member’s participation in other health science affiliated associations. Our members are committed to raising risk awareness, and the quality of risk-related practices in the occupational health and safety space.