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New to this edition
- Includes recent revised guidance from the General Medical Council and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine on both the legal and ethical aspects of ill health at work
- New chapter on health screening (principles and practice)
- Expanded coverage of ill-health retirement and professional driving, reflecting their increasing importance to employers
- New appendices covering return to work after a critical illness, and health surveillance for vibration-exposed workers
- Updated legal chapters reflecting new legal judgements
- Increased coverage of women at work
- Increased emphasis on evidence-based advice and guidelines
First published in 1988, Fitness for Work has grown to become
the UK 'bible' of occupational health and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine's
flagship publication. This fourth edition reflects significant developments
in legislation and guidelines, and changes in the information requirements of
those working in the field. Demographic factors, such as an ageing population,
and changes in work practice and social and political policy, mean the need
for advice on the effedts of medical conditions on employments and working capability
In keeping with previous editions, chapters are organized by medical condition, and co-authored by both a topic specialist and a specialist occupational physician. The reader will find practical guidance on the employment potential and assessment of anyone with an illness or disability. There is additional coverage of the ethical and legal aspects of ill health at work. There is an attempt to include, where possible, the evidence base and guidelines behind the findings. This update also reflects recent government focus on a more holistic approach to health problems in employment, and initiatives to encourage peoplet o stay at work and return to work, rather than supporting them at home.
To an extent, occupational medicine must be tailored to individual patients under unique and specific circumstance. However, this book provides a wealth of useful consensus guidance, codes of practice, and locally evolved standards, to enable clinical judgements to be made. It is the most comprehensive text available on the effects of ill health on employment.
Readership: This 'Bible' of occupational health should be found on the desk of all occupational health practitioners, corporate personnel managers, health and safety officers, lawyers, employers, and trade union officials. It should also appeal to public health practitioners, hospital doctors, and GPs with an interest in occupational medicine.