Provides a picture of what is currently known about the health and safety needs of older workers and the research needed to encourage social policies that guarantee older workers a meaningful share of the nation's work opportunities.
1. Introduction -- 2. Demographic characteristics of the older workforce -- 3. The role of the changing labor market and the changing nature of work in older workers' work experiences and health outcomes -- 4. The social and economic context of work for older persons -- 5. Physical and cognitive differences between older and younger workers -- 6. Effects of workplace exposures on older workers -- 7. Programs and policies related to the older workforce and safe work -- 8. Interventions for older workers -- 9. Conclusions and recommendations.