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June 30, 1945

LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONSHIPS IN INDUSTRIAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

JAMA. 1945;128(9):639-643. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860260013005

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Abstract

Industrial hygiene as a science and as a public health service has been developed' with the objective of protecting and promoting the health of the working population in an industrial system. Its development has been the result of a parallel growth of responsibility on the part of management and governmental agencies. Management has had an economic interest in preventing accidents, disease and premature death. Governmental agencies have taken action in solving industrial health problems because such action is a proper obligation of public agencies. Labor, as represented by both organized and unorganized workers, has had a lesser role in this development, largely because strong organization is necessary for effective action, and until recently unions have not been well enough established to allow them to give attention to the advancement of special welfare programs. Today, more than ever before, management is concerned about the workers' health because every available adult is

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