ABC of Occupational and Environmental Medicine by David Snashall, Dipti Patel

By David Snashall, Dipti Patel

This ABC covers all of the significant parts of occupational and environmental drugs which the non-specialist should want to learn about. It updates the fabric in ABC of labor comparable issues and many of the chapters were rewritten and multiplied. New details is equipped on a number environmental concerns but the ebook continues its sensible method, giving advice at the prognosis and daily administration of the most occupational problems.

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There is, however, recent UK evidence to suggest that the peak in this rise of back pain incapacity is now past and claims for benefit are now falling. Whether the disability has simply been reclassified as “stress” (which is rising) is uncertain. The costs of back pain are huge. Recent estimates suggest that the overall cost to the UK economy is about £6 billion a year. Improved management and better outcomes would lead to major financial and medical benefits. Million days/year Malcolm IV Jayson 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 Year Changes in sickness and invalidity benefit for back pain since 1955 Who gets back pain?

Those who have had back problems in the past are likely to experience further episodes in the future Back pain The most useful single item of information in predicting potential back problems is a history of back pain, particularly if it is recent and severe enough to cause absence from work. Preventing back injuries Manual handling is commonly associated with strains and sprains of the back and resultant disability. Manual handling. Guidance on regulations lists measures that employers should take to reduce the risk of problems.

Because the OH practitioner is not usually the clinician caring for that individual, the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 will not generally apply. It will apply, however, if the OH practitioner seeks further information from any other specialist or general practitioner who has been providing such care. The provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 apply to obtaining, use, and retention of any personal information, including OH records. Health and safety law Statutory duties upon the employer Health and safety The Health and Safety at Work etc.

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