February/March 2017 (vol. 13/5)

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Personal Learning Zone in this issue



This issue of Occupational Health [at Work] features two Personal Learning Zone articles recommended for continuing professional development (CPD). The assignment questions, the ‘personal learning statement’ and ‘Certificate of engagement’ are available to subscribers at ohaw.co/AWPcpd. These will also be stored in your password-protected Personal Learning Zone.

The Personal Learning Zone will help you document your own CPD. Occupational health physicians, nurses, occupational hygienists and other professionals can use the resource in support of their professional CPD requirements.

Pages 16–18. Safeguarding the mental health of employees. Our first featured Personal Learning Zone article examines workplace mental-health management training for frontline managers and asks if it can improve the mental wellbeing of employees.

Pages 30–34. Hand–arm vibration syndrome (HAVS): prosecutions and common-law negligence. Our second featured Personal Learning Zone article discusses HAVS and the law, looks at health and safety prosecutions and common-law negligence, and also considers the relevance of the Equality Act 2010.


The following articles, news and research items are suggested reading for CPD and professional revalidation. Subscribers can complete their online Personal Learning Zone CPD record at ohaw.co/AWPcpd

Page 5. An independent review by Dame Carol Black has advised that the government should encourage employers to recruit people coping with drug and alcohol problems, by ‘de-risking’ employment decisions.

Page 11. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that an employee was fairly dismissed for misconduct, but also that the employer’s actions amounted to unjustified disability discrimination. Learning points include that although the employee was discriminated against his dismissal was still found to be fair.

Pages 12–13. A European court ruling demonstrates where the requirement for exceptional fitness can be a justification for age discrimination if it is a ‘genuine occupational requirement’.

Pages 37–39. The authors examine the methodology and implementation of the national skin care intervention in nurses trial. Key learning outcomes from the setting up of the trial include the importance of using regular reminders to encourage participants to return vital information, especially towards the end of the project.

Pages 41–42. Our compendium of research includes a study on post-offer employment health screening to predict carpal tunnel screening that showed no association between the screening results and subsequent development of the condition. A review paper confirms the value of exercise therapy to promote recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome.

Author: The At Work Partnership Ltd

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