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At the Point of Production
The Social Analysis of Occupational and Environmental Health

Edited By

Charles Levenstein

ISBN 9780415784290
Published February 6, 2017 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

"At the Point of Production", a compilation of contributions to "New Solutions Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health Policy", locates workers' health and safety problems in the broad political economy. It argues that without a deep understanding of the social/political/economic context of particular industries or workplaces, we cannot fully grasp the process of recognition and control of industrial hazards. The contributors report on a series of case studies, all of which used the 'point of production' framework to investigate particular problems or industries.The focus of the first section is on globalization, the impact of privatization on the health and safety of workers and communities in Brazil and Mexico. The next section addresses environmental issues: the unintended effects of environmental regulation on workers, the situation of hazardous waste workers and emergency responders, the implementation of toxics use reduction, and the role of workers in pollution prevention. In the third section the contributors explore the intersection of labor relations with gender relations at the point of production. A final chapter deals with some of the practical issues involved in conducting occupational health research in the contested terrain of the workplace.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Charles Levenstein


Chapter 1. Work and Health in the Global Economy: Lessons from Developing and Industrialized Countries on the Impact of Work on Health
C. Eduardo Siqueira, Blanca Lemus, and Charles Levenstein

Chapter 2. New Points of Production: Homework and Shoemaking in Asia
Pia Markkanen and Charles Levenstein

Chapter 3. Robbers Aboard: Workplace Violence and (In)Security in Public Transport in Salvador, Brazil
Eduardo Paes Machado and Charles Levenstein


Chapter 4. The Story of the Alar Ban: Politics and Unforeseen Consequences
Beth Rosenberg

Chapter 5. Health and Safety Organizing: OCAW'S Worker-to-Worker Health and Safety Training Program
Craig Slatin

Chapter 6. Low-Hanging Fruit: Social Values and Industry Discretion in Toxics Use Reduction Policy
Richard Campbell and Charles Levenstein

Chapter 7. Joint Occupational and Environmental Pollution Prevention Strategies: A Model for Primary Prevention
Karla Armenti, Rafael Moure-Eraso, Craig Slatin, and Ken Geiser


Chapter 8. Sexual Harassment: Labor Relations by Other Means
Eve Spangler

Chapter 9. Gender and Cleaner Production: Toward a Framework for Including Gender Analysis When Developing Strategies and Designing Solutions
Sally Edwards and Margaret Quinn

Chapter 10. The Boston-Area HASWIC Research Circle: An Innovative Participatory Method for Coloring in the Picture of a Special Work Environment
Susan Moir and Lenore S. Azaroff


Chapter 11. Good Practice Guidelines for Occupational Health Research Funded by the Private Sector
Margaret Quinn, Charles Levenstein, and Gregory F. DeLaurier


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