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Occupational Health

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Ann FingretRoyal Marsden Hospital Trust, Alan SmithNational Advisory Council on the Employment of People with Disabilities

ISBN13: 9780415106290
ISBN: 041510629X
Published: June 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Format: Paperback
Price: £31.99

Occupational Health: A Practical Guide for Managers examines the reasons why employers should address the health of their workforce. It explores the implication that health issues have for bottom line performance and offers guidelines for developing an effective occupational health policy and associated procedures. The authors are both senior professionals in the field and have a wealth of industrial experience to draw on. They have used their first-hand knowledge to produce a practical introduction to occupatioal health which includes the latest legislative requirements and current recommended practice. Material is presented in an easy-to-read, non-technical format, making the book particularly useful to the reader with no previous knowledge of the field. Short executive summaries at the beginning of each chapter highlight key action points for quick reference, while a more extensive reference section at the end of the book signposts the way to detailed information on specific issues. The book is in four parts. Part one provides an introduction to the history and scope of occupational health, discusses contemporary practice and looks at the legal and organizational factors involve

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Part 1 Organizational and legal considerations: the changing nature of work; factors driving change; demographic considerations; types of organization and the organizational structure; contractual arrangements; the role of the personnel function; symbols used on flow diagramming; example of a flow diagram.
Part 2 Introduction to occupational health: history of occupational health; employers initiatives; employees initiatives; government initiatives; occupational health today; role of occupational health; setting up an occupational health service; confidentiality.
Part 3 An organizational health policy: developing the health policy; audit; features of the policy; implementation and monitoring; sample policy; checklist organizational health.
Part 4 Mental health and illness at work: mental health/ill health; causes of stress at work; developing a policy for promotion and maintenance of mental health; mental illness in the workplace; sample mental health policy; sample alcohol misuse policy; contents of stress management; workshop.
Part 5 Aids and employment: clinical considerations; developing a policy; contents of a policy; overseas travel; legal considerations; conclusion; sample policy.
Part 6 Sickness absence: demography; controlling absence; long term absence; intermittent persistent absence; use of medical certificates; conclusion; sample policy.
Part 7 Smoking in the workplace: legal considerations; providing an atmosphere free from tobacco smoke; development of a smoking policy; preparing for action; taking action; launching the policy; making it work; conclusion; sample questionnaire; sample feedback; sample policy; sample management manual.
Part 8 Health promotion in the workplace; the business case; the moral case; workplace initiatives; scope for workplace initiatives; educating and screening; assessing the health promotion needs; defining target areas; obtaining advice; developing a programme; resource implications; example of health promotion initiative.
Part 9 Employment of people with disabilities: the business case for employing people with disabilities; disability awareness; matching ability to job; legal considerations; employment service initiatives; conclusions; sample policy.
Part 10 The employment of women: legislation; health and safety; family-friendly policies; conclusion; sample policy.
Part 11 Use of display screen equipment: scope of regulations; requirements; assessing the workstation; factors to consider in risk assessment; arrangement for risk education. (Part contents).