Systematic review of factors associated with occupational disease among young people

What individual, job and workplace factors are associated with occupational disease among young people 12 to 24 years of age?

This is an important question for three reasons. Since young workers are concentrated in certain industries and jobs, they may have different exposures to hazards than older workers; since young workers are being exposed to hazards for the first time, the link between exposure and disease may be clearer; and, since they are still developing, young workers may be more vulnerable to work-related diseases.

IWH undertook a systematic review to determine what factors are associated with occupational disease among young workers.

This report contains a number of findings and recommendations that will be of interest to a variety of audiences including policy-makers and others involved in young worker safety programs.

Summary: Summary of a systematic review of occupational disease among young people (103 KB)

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Researcher(s): 

Breslin FC, Day D, Tompa E, Irvin E, Bhattacharyya S, Clarke J, Wang A, Koehoorn M

Published: 

2006