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

By David Snashall, Dipti Patel

This re-creation of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concentrates extra at the more recent varieties of occupational disorder together with these (like “RSI” and pesticide poisoning) the place publicity and results are obscure. there's particular emphasis on paintings, wellbeing and fitness, with hyperlinks to public future health, well-being advertising, the worth of labor, disabled humans at paintings, the getting older staff, vocational rehabilitation, facts established perform, and additional chapters at the health and wellbeing results of weather switch and of occupational health and wellbeing and safeguard with regards to migration and terrorism

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Unfortunately her symptoms progressed with sciatic type pain in the right leg. Owing to the onset of symptoms of urinary incontinence she was referred urgently to the general hospital. She underwent an MR scan which confirmed a large L5, S1 disc prolapse causing a cauda equina syndrome. As a result she had a surgical decompression which was successful. She is expected to make a good recovery. I would hope that she would be able to resume employment as a domestic supervisor in the near future. I hope this is of some assistance to you in organizing your plans.

Information will often be requested in order to support ill-health retirement or it may be necessary to explain why an employee’s job is to be terminated due to incapacity (where a person has not attended work for an excessive period because of sickness absence, whether or not eventual recovery of fitness is envisaged), the latter being a managerial decision. The pension fund’s criteria for ill-health retirement may be explicit and leave little room for clinical opinion or may be quite open. A number of pension schemes have changed the criteria for award of medical retirement recognizing the impact of an ageing workforce (see Chapter 18) and the pressure on pension funds that follows.

Many elements of health and safety law fall within the expertise of the occupational health professional (OHP). There has also been a shift towards advising management about human resource issues, which makes an OHP’s understanding of employment law and disability all the more important. These legal matters are technically complex, so it is important for OHPs to have a good understanding of relevant areas. The UK legal system The UK has a common law jurisdiction, which means that court decisions set precedent, binding future decisions and developing the law.

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