This text is now the essential source for occupational health and safety specialist, managers, and students in the occupational and environmental health and safety field. Salvatore R. DiNardi, Ph.D., CIH, director of the Industrial Hygiene Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, working with experts in the field and with the involvement of AIHA technical committees, has designed an invaluable tool for practice and instruction. As the editor states, "This book continues a tradition started in 1914 by the Occupational Health Activity of the U.S. Public Health Service that continued to grow and develop, with National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health leadership, culminating in The Industrial Environment Its Evaluation and Control, 3rd Edition
. This is the so-called "White Book" that very practicing occupational hygienist cherishes. . . . NIOSH graciously passed the gauntlet to AIHA to continue this 83-year tradition" with the publication of The Occupational Environment Its Evaluation and Control
The foreword is written by Linda Rosenstock, M.D., MPH, director of NIOSH. In it she states that the new "White Book" examines the "hazards faced by contemporary workers and new approaches to prevention and control; it is intended as a source book for much of the knowledge needed to protect current and future workers from occupational illnesses and injuries."
According to Editor Salvatore DiNardi, "My strategy in designing this book is to emphasize a competency-based approach for each chapter. The outcome competencies, written in behavioral terms, can be measured via professional practice or by academic examination. These competencies were prepared using Bloom's Taxonomy and written in behavioral terms that can be evaluated by examination or practice. The competencies use specific verbs to describe the desired competency."
The Occupational Environment : Its Evaluation and Control, is not only an essential reference and teaching tool, but is also a road map to the occupational hygiene practice of the future. The book also provides an extensive glossary of terms, which are highlighted on their first usage in the text. An Instructors Guide, a multifaceted teaching tool complete with a CD-ROM containing all tables, charts, diagrams and relevant photos from the book, is also available from the publisher.