It has been 15 years since the original publication of Chemical Hazards of the Workplace. That work was conceived as a handbook—which would serve as an authoritative guide to current concepts and practices aimed at protecting workers from chemical hazards. Over the intervening years, Chemical Hazards of the Workplace has been updated twice, but there has been a need for a similar work on the prevention and management of hazardous exposures from physical and biological agents.
I am happy to report that this void has now been filled expertly in the present volume prepared by Drs. Peter Wald and Gregg Stave. This exciting companion piece to Chemical Hazards of the Workplace is an important contribution to the practice of occupational and environmental health. It is arranged to function both as an introduction to and a review of physical and biological hazards. It provides practical information not previously available in a single source on emerging, reemerging, and classical hazards due to these agents. Topics range from electromagnetic fields, ionizing radiation, and ergonomics, to occupational exposures to tuberculosis, HIV, and hantavirus. The reader will find helpful current information on a broad array of hazardous agents with a selection of timely literature citations for follow-up review.
All health professionals involved in protecting worker health will find this work a valuable addition to their basic reference library.