By David Snashall, Dipti Patel

This re-creation of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concentrates extra at the more moderen varieties of occupational sickness together with these (like “RSI” and pesticide poisoning) the place publicity and results are obscure. there's particular emphasis on paintings, healthiness, with hyperlinks to public future health, wellbeing and fitness merchandising, the worth of labor, disabled humans at paintings, the getting older crew, vocational rehabilitation, facts established perform, and additional chapters at the wellbeing and fitness results of weather swap and of occupational overall healthiness and protection when it comes to migration and terrorism

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Generally a holistic approach to occupational health is aligned with organizational aims, since the health of the workforce is assured and individuals feel secure and valued at work The Government’s role in occupational health in the UK had until about 2006 been limited to that of enforcement and guidance through the efforts of the HSE, although greater emphasis was given to safety. This has in part been redressed by the current HSE strategy in which one of the aims is ‘To specifically target key health issues and to identify and work with those bodies best placed to bring about a reduction in the incidence rate and number of cases of work related ill health’.

Source: Dunstan DA, Covic T, Compensable work disability management: A literature review of biopsychosocial perspectives Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (2006) 53, 67–77. Reproduced with permission of Wiley-Blackwell. 4 WHO principles of basic occupational health services • • • • • • • Available to all working people Addressing local needs Adapted to local conditions Affordable to providers and clients Organized by the employer for employees Provided by the public sector for the self-employed and the informal sector Supported by intermediate level services The roots of OH in Germany go back to 1884 when Otto von Bismarck set up a social insurance system emphasizing prevention, rehabilitation and compensation from a single source.

Targeted workplace health promotion can help reduce the risk of occupational respiratory disease, the medical effects of smoking and fire. of provision concerned with legislative compliance and the effects of work on health. The OH practitioner may therefore have to make the case for investigative, preventive and health surveillance activities with support from those responsible for organizational health and safety compliance. The OH service should have a close working relationship with the risk management/health and safety function as accident and other incident data can inform OH activity whereas OH data may contribute to better risk assessment and therefore prevention.

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