This edition of a reference work on occupational health law includes many changes in the law since the last edition was published in 1994. Amendments to the COSHH Regulations are included, and there is a full account of the RIDDOR Regulations 1995.
Since the last edition was published, more European legislation has been incorporated into the law of the United Kingdom, and the third edition contains a full account of the 1992 regulations implementing European directives. The Treaty of Amsterdam will lead the way to further legislation from Europe. The Data Protection Act is to be updated in line with the European Directive, and the Working Time Directive will have to be incorporated into UK law. Actions for damages for work-related ill-health continue to increase, including actions for psychiatric and stress-related illness, and further developments in the law of equal opportunities, including changes with respect to pregnant employees and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 are fully covered. Disasters have led to other important developments, including the increase in criminal penalties and the imprisonment of senior managers for breaches of health and safety legislation. For the first time the High Court has held that an occupational physician owes a duty of care to a job applicant undergoing pre-employment screening. Beverley Allitt and Amanda Jenkinson have highlighted the dilemma facing the OH professional whose ethical duty is to preserve the worker's confidence, and the spread of HIV, AIDS and hepatitis B and C has produced many new problems, especially relating to health care workers.
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"This is essential reading. The revealing case histories are an education in themselves. Clear, straight to the point exposition throughout makes the book superb value for money invaluable as both mentor and reference." Journal of Occupational Safety and Health, 1999. "It is hardly surprising that Diana Kloss's invaluable reference work on occupational health law is now into its third edition in nine years." "What makes this book special is not just the mine of useful and expert information it contains but its readability and underlying compassion." "A well-thumbed copy of this book should be on every OH professional's shelf." Helene Ashe-Roy, The Journal of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, 1998.
Table of Contents
Glossary of abbreviations; Table of cases, Table of Statutes; General introduction; The provision of occupational health services; The legal status and liability of the OH professional; Medical records and confidentiality; Pre-employment screening and health surveillance; Health and safety at work: the criminal law; The law of compensation: welfare benefits; The law of compensation: civil liability; Employment law; Equal opportunities; Appendix A: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulations 1995; Appendix B: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994; Appendix C: Prescribed Occupational Diseases; Appendix D: Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 and Approved Code of Practice; Appendix E: Disability Discrimination Act 1995: Guidance on Matters to be Taken into Account
Occupational Health Law by Diana Kloss
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