When young men or women begin their first job, usually at a young age, they are not aware that they have entered a world of potential health problems. This can be a very dangerous period in their lives because they are now exposed both to the possibility of workplace injuries and to the possibility of developing chronic diseases later in life from health behaviors developed or supported in the workplace environment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2007), a worker has injured every five seconds and every ten seconds a worker is temporarily or permanently disabled. Individuals usually spend a majority of their lives in the places where they work, and these years in the workplace are the same years when they may be incubating chronic diseases or experiencing
serious injuries that often cause disabilities and poor health later in life.