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By David Snashall, Dipti Patel

Formerly titled ABC of labor similar problems, David Snashall and Dipti Patel are updating the booklet for GPs. the recent version also will support clinical and nursing pros taking Occupational future health assessments. This re-creation additionally comprises environmental concerns comparable to insecticides and toxins, the resource of many occupational illnesses either within the united kingdom and within the remainder of the realm. the second one version brings extra element within the parts of risks at paintings, listening to loss, repetitive pressure damage, Legionnaires' ailment, a number of chemical sensitivity, results of labor on copy, the growing older crew, weather swap and future health screening/promotion.

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This is part of the common law (where there is no guiding statute law, but is developed over time by decisions of the judiciary). The employee must argue that the employer failed in their duty of care to safeguard the worker’s health. The applicant employee must show that: (a) The employer owed the worker a duty of care (b) The employer negligently breached that duty (c) The employee suffered damage as a result of that breach. ” Employees with illnesses that may be occupationally related but are not prescribed can only pursue this route.

This process may take some time • Vibration white finger (now hand arm vibration syndrome) was considered four times between 1954 and 1985, when it was prescribed • Occupational deafness was considered in 1961 and prescribed in 1975 Common law duty of care The depth and breadth of the employer’s duty of care has been developed over the years by landmark cases. The concept of the “reasonable and prudent employer, taking positive thought for the safety of his workers in the light of what he knows or ought to know” was clarified by Judge Swanwick in 1968 The duty is greater if the employee has a known vulnerability.

Employers have considerable duties, including duties relating to the general public, and the role of the OH practitioner is to advise on steps to achieve compliance. An understanding of the principles is essential, and these are covered here with reference predominantly to English law. Employees also have corresponding duties to take “reasonable care” for their own safety and that of others, and to cooperate with appropriate procedures. The OH practitioner will become involved in employment law when medical advice is needed, and it is essential that the basics are understood.

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