Over a barrel: corporate corruption of science and its effects on workers and the environment

Int J Occup Environ Health. Oct-Dec 2005;11(4):331-7. doi: 10.1179/oeh.2005.11.4.331.


Although occupational and environmental diseases are often viewed as isolated and unique failures of science, the government, or industry to protect the best interest of the public, they are in fact an outcome of a pervasive system of corporate priority setting, decision making, and influence. This system produces disease because political, economic, regulatory and ideological norms prioritize values of wealth and profit over human health and environmental well-being. Science is a key part of this system; there is a substantial tradition of manipulation of evidence, data, and analysis, ultimately designed to maintain favorable conditions for industry at both material and ideological levels. This issue offers examples of how corporations influence science, shows the effects that influence has on environmental and occupational health, and provides evidence of a systemic problem.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Humans
  • Industry / organization & administration*
  • International Agencies
  • Liability, Legal
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety
  • Science / organization & administration*