Title

Charting the Future Course for Corporate Management of Health Risks

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1984

ISSN

0090-0036

Publisher

American Public Health Association

Language

en-US

Abstract

Corporations engage in technological activities of benefit to society, but thereby also create new health risks for workers, consumers, and communities. Government regulatory agencies deal with this chronic problem by conducting risk analyses and imposing various duties on private firms. Despite agency efforts and corporate compliance, health risks continue to arise and take their toll. To what extent will private firms voluntarily assume greater responsibility for preventing these health risks? This question is of increasing social importance, because the limitations of regulatory efforts are now obvious, whereas health risks are now being identified at what appears to be an increasing rate. This question is also of considerable importance to industry, because of the economic impacts on private firms of toxic tort actions, workers' compensation claims, and other "losses" which flow from the health risks.

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