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J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Dec;52(12):1262-8. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318202f2c5.

A knowledge infrastructure for occupational safety and health.

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Department Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam The Netherlands.


Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) professionals should use scientific evidence to support their decisions in policy and practice. Although examples from practice show that progress has been made in evidence-based decision making, there is a challenge to improve and extend the facilities that support knowledge translation in practice. A knowledge infrastructure that supports OSH practice should include scientific research, systematic reviews, practice guidelines, and other tools for professionals such as well accessible virtual libraries and databases providing knowledge, quality tools, and good learning materials. A good infrastructure connects facilities with each other and with practice. Training and education is needed for OSH professionals in the use of evidence to improve effectiveness and efficiency. New initiatives show that occupational health can profit from intensified international collaboration to establish a good functioning knowledge infrastructure.

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