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Manuscript deadline
30 October 2020

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Renee Anthony, EOC, JOEH
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Issues and Solutions Associated with Health Equity in the Workplace

JOEH Special Issue:  May 2021 (Deadline 10/30/2020)

The first half of 2020 has brought global attention to racial injustices and persistent biases:  the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police; the burden of COVID-19 on the precariously employed and minority workers of America. Industrial hygienists and allied professionals have been forced to examine the health inequities along lines of race, gender, and precarious employment.  Many have started to ask:  should divisions at work or across employment sectors be considered as we work towards improving the health and safety of workplaces?  Consequently, many hygienists are seeking to identify new ways to critically assess and remove existing barriers that may be causing health inequities at work because of previously unconsidered and unaddressed social biases.

Because many of us are starting to ask these critical questions about ourselves and our society, the JOEH is attempting to identify innovative tools and solutions that will aid in the discovery of effective answers.  We will host a special topic issue in May 2021, the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, focusing on myriad of issues and solutions associated with health equity in the workplace.

This special issue focuses research, case studies, and policy commentaries that help JOEH readers identify ways to improve health equities through workplace systems. High impact articles will include methods that systematically identify risk factors and consequences of health inequities in the workplace and/or interventions to remove barriers to equitable health-based decisions to enhance worker protection.

Members of the AIHA Social Concerns Committee are leading the search to identify authors and articles that focus on improving our understanding of critical behaviors and systems that may have historically contributed to health inequity in the workplace.  If you have research -- small case studies or large technical reports -- that can contribute to our knowledge about solving these inequities at the workplace, the JOEH is interested in reviewing your manuscripts. 


Topics of interest to this issue include:

  • How racial inequities affect workplace exposures
  • Effects of gender inequity on worker exposures and outcomes
  • Studies assessing health outcomes of “essential workers” during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Accommodating disabilities in health protective interventions
  • Health equity in the gig economy and other precarious workforces
  • Exposure and/or effect studies for underserved populations, including the precariously employed

If you are interested in contributing a technical manuscript, short report, or review article for this special issue, please contact the JOEH to discuss your ideas for this manuscript.  These articles will be peer reviewed as part of a blind-review process. To meet the May publication deadline, we request that original manuscripts be submitted to JOEH by October 30, 2020.

We’ve included more information, including article categories and submission process, below. Contact us with any questions or comments you may have, including questions on relevant topics.

Renée Anthony, Editor-in-Chief ([email protected])

Jennifer Patterson, Editorial Assistant ([email protected])

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Submission Instructions


Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/joeh. Once you are registered at ScholarOne, select “Supplemental Issue Only” as your manuscript type.  Manuscripts can be submitted until the October 30, 2020 deadline. Accepted papers will be published in the May 2021 special issue JOEH dedicated to health equity.


The special Health Equity issue will include a collection of up to a maximum of 15 manuscripts (each manuscript limited to 5,000 words) on a related topic developed from research and information presented at a scientific meeting, symposium, or conference.  To ensure an efficient review of your manuscript, identify the type of manuscript you are submitting, and select "special issue" when uploading your manuscript in ScholarOne.