Fall 2020

Occupational Stewardship

In this issue of Trends, we explore the topic of Occupational Stewardship, which refers to the proactive approach employers take to ensure a safe work environment for employees.

Our issue begins with an exploration of notable achievements and remarkable events in the nearly 50-year history of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). With a focus on work-related exposures, the second article examines the risk evaluations developed so far under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and their significant findings with implications for risk management decisions in the workplace. Article three addresses the need for greater protection of sensitive worker subpopulations, discussing OSHA programs aimed at the protection of all workers and a case study approach for protecting pregnant and soon-to-be-pregnant workers.

Gradient contributors to this Trends issue include David Dodge, M.S., DABT, CIH; Dr. Lisa Bailey; and Jiaru Zhang, M.P.H. Bill Hubbard, Esq., of Thompson Hine contributed the guest editorial on navigating the legal implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace.

We hope this issue of Trends brings clarity to the nuanced subject of Occupational Stewardship.

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  • IntroLetter from the Editors