ABC of occupational and environmental medicine by David Snashall, Dipti Patel

By David Snashall, Dipti Patel

This new version of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concentrates extra at the more moderen different types of occupational sickness together with these (like “RSI” and pesticide poisoning) the place publicity and results are obscure. there's particular emphasis on paintings, health, with hyperlinks to public overall healthiness, well-being advertising, the price of labor, disabled humans at paintings, the getting older group, vocational rehabilitation, facts dependent perform, and additional chapters at the healthiness results of weather switch and of occupational overall healthiness and protection when it comes to migration and terrorism

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However, although the HSE publishes annual statistics on health and safety, these relate to its activities rather than the ‘occupational health of the nation’, and at a local level workplace health is not a matter normally to be addressed in the reports of Directors of Public Health. 4). Communication The introduction of the fit note (Statement of Fitness for Work) in the UK has been successful in changing the focus of a GP consultation towards what a person may be able to do and when they may be able to do it rather than the negative connotations of inability.

2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Published 2012 by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 24 safe systems of work provision of information, instruction, training and supervision maintenance of the workplace and safe access and egress a working environment that is safe, without risks to health, and adequate as regards welfare. • take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others cooperate with their employers. 2 The influence of Europe. 3 Key Health and Safety Executive data 2009/10. 6 million/ £15 817 European influence Adoption of the Single European Act in 1987 allowed the European Union (EU) to issue directives on, among other things, health and safety standards.

Beart v HM Prison Service 2003 concerned a case in which OH recommended transfer to an alternative prison. This was not acted upon and the Court of Appeal found that employment would have been possible and that the employer had discriminated unfairly When disability discrimination conflicts with health and safety, which is more important? In theory the statutory health and safety duties upon the employer, if absolute, override the duty not to discriminate; but this is open to abuse. Very often the duty will be so far as reasonably practical, and there will be ways of managing risks that may arise.

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