Identifying hazards & protecting workers
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Insights from the Editor-in-Chief
The JOEH publishes research that provides insights into persistent and newly recognized hazards and provides solutions on how to protect workers from these hazards.
In the US, 130 million workers are currently employed, but nearly $1 million per week is spent on workers’ compensation costs. From an economic perspective alone, the need to identify and eliminate hazardous risk factors at work is great.
While the JOEH is well-known for publishing studies examining workplace exposures, the JOEH is also interested in studies that examine the effectiveness of interventions that target worker protection. Studies evaluating intervention effectiveness are encouraged, particularly those grounded in engineering, educational, or behavioral approaches. Studies that incorporate measurable improvements in workplace exposures or associated health outcomes are especially relevant to our readers.
To submit your article, click here.
T. Renee Anthony, PhD, CIH, CSP
Recent Popular Themes
In 2019, one intervention paper included a modelling assessment of the impact of the Hand Activity TLV™ on its reduction of carpal tunnel occurrence using historical exposure data. Another reported on observations of healthcare worker practices to assess significant gaps in behavior regarding personal protective equipment use after training. More traditional studies have examined performance of personal protective equipment (respirators and clothing fabrics) and tool redesigns to reduce generation of respirable silica.
Members of the editorial board have been selected to provide expertise in a broad range of workplace risk factors - chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic, and psychosocial - associated with workplace illnesses and have expertise in engineering solutions to protect workers across these factors. Topic experts across the globe contribute their professional insights to authors during a double-blind review process, assessing both scientific rigor and globally relevant recommendations.
Editor's Choice Collection
The following papers evaluated ways to improve the work environment or better ways to protect workers. (Article names have been substituted with a synopsis of the content to help you to decide if the paper is relevant to your research.)
Compare methods and effectiveness of mobile phone sanitation in the ICU
Behavioral assessment of PPE use by healthcare workers
Reduce silica exposures from concrete drilling by substituting standard bits with a hollow bit
Quantify spray foam insulation exposure risks by considering multiple exposure routes
Adopt the common “heat index” by incorporating humidity, metabolism to generate a useful workplace guideline to prevent heat illness
Compare dust protection across 20 protective clothing fabrics
Quantify the number of carpal tunnel syndrome cases that could be avoided by adopting the 2018 TLV for Hand Activity, using existing cohort data
If you are inspired to join the conversation, submit your manuscript here.