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Lindholm, M., Reiman, A., Väyrynen, S. (2020) On Future Occupational Safety and Health Challenges. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Safety, 4 (1), 108-127.

On future occupational safety and health challenges :a systematic literature review

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Author: Lindholm, Maria1; Reiman, Arto1; Väyrynen, Seppo1
Organizations: 1Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, FI
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.4 MB)
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Language: English
Published: University of Porto, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-09-15


Occupational safety and health (OSH) have constantly changed and evolved throughout the industrial revolutions and in recent years. The aim of this systematic literature review was to give an overview of future OSH challenges in industrialized countries. A search within the Scopus database returned 31 peer-reviewed journal articles published since 2014 on new and emerging OSH risks and challenges in the future. A review of articles identified future overall OSH challenges, OSH challenges caused by climate change, and OSH challenges related to sustainable development and responsibility. In addition, branch-specific challenges in industries and health care were determined. Individual employees can experience a wide range of OSH challenges from heat stress to poison absorption, musculoskeletal disorders, increased psychosocial load, ergonomic issues, and unexpected accidents and injuries. OSH management is discussed and future studies proposed.

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Series: International journal of occupational and environment safety
ISSN: 2184-0954
ISSN-E: 2184-0954
ISSN-L: 2184-0954
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
Pages: 108 - 127
DOI: 10.24840/2184-0954_004.001_0009
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This study was funded by the Finnish Workers' Compensation Center.
Copyright information: © 2020 They Authors. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.