Editor: Farhana Zahir

Introduction to Occupational Health Hazards

Volume 2

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ISSN: 2352-9423 (Print)
ISSN: 2352-9431 (Online)
ISBN: 978-981-14-0690-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-14-0691-1 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2020
DOI: 10.2174/97898114069111190201


The definition of occupational health hazards is constantly changing over time as technology advances and as the awareness of work place safety issues continues to grow. Introduction to Occupational Health Hazards focuses on work-related hazards which have evolved with the advent of more recent professions. The book introduces readers to the basic concept of occupational hazards. From this starting point, readers are introduced to the types of medical disorders that can occur as a result of occupational hazards, such as cancer and neurological disorders. The next section explains health hazards to medical and laboratory staff. The book concludes with a chapter that explains mental health issues (stress and psychosocial factors) that are related to occupational health – which is a recent addition to the spectrum of health risks in the working environment. As a handbook, the book provides information about occupational health risks for science and medical students along with professionals working in the health care and laboratory industries, respectively.


It is a pleasure for me to write a foreword for the book series entitled, “Frontiers in Occupational Health and safety” with volume title “Introduction to occupational health hazards” by Dr. Farhana Zahir. Much scientific literature is available on the subject; nevertheless, the contents are of topical interest in the context of the current industrial scene in the entire world. Indeed, various international organizations including WHO have issued guidelines for the safety of workforce in various industries. A healthy workforce is of vital concern for sustainable social and economic development on global, national and local levels. The classical approach to ensuring health and safety of the workforce has depended mainly on the enactment of necessary legislation and inspection of workplace. Unfortunately, in many of the third world countries, the industrial workplaces remain insecure in spite of the existence of the required legislation.

I believe that the contents of the present work are of adequate scientific value and would be of interest to both the established workers in the field as well as those who would like to have a general idea of the hazards involved in various industries. The book also contains a chapter on previously unrecognized hazards such as physical stress and mental health of the workers which should be of particular interest to the readers.

Prof. S.M. Hadi
Emeritus Professor
Department of Biochemistry,
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh,