Trends in Racial Inequality and Exposure to Work-Related Hazards, 1968-1986

Two important public policies of the past 15 to 20 years-equal employment opportunity and occupational health-have been implemented independently, and imperfectly. By combining diverse data sets, a general gain is seen. The excess risk of disabling occupational injury faced by black men has declined, although it remains substantial; relative risks for black women have increased. Opportunity has outpaced safety. Although combined trends are equivocally positive, relative inequities remain, and absolute injury rates for all workers are increasing.

Author(s): James C. Robinson

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Volume 65, Issue S2 (pages 404–420)
Published in 1987