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Safety professionals have witnessed a radical evolution in the changing nature of work in past decades. Work no loner means dealing exclusively with physical materials. Information is is the currency of work today. Information manipulation has replaced materials handling as the manufacturing process for many modern workers.
This article examines how these changes influence the contemporary industrial hygienist and how projected changes will sway future industrial hygiene practice.
The major change in industrial hygiene during the next decade will be a shift from physics and physiology to psychology and sociology.
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