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June/July 2019 (vol. 16/1)

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Occupational hygiene 2019, conference news

Highlights of the 2019 conference of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)1. John Ballard reports.

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The Supreme Court has held that sensitisation to a hazardous substance caused by negligent workplace exposure will constitute a personal injury, potentially actionable for damages, even if the affected employee remains asymptomatic if removed from the job. OH legal expert Diana Kloss explains

 Progress on mesothelioma Dr John Moore-Gillon, consultant physician emeritus at St Bartholomew’s and Royal London Hospitals and chair of the British Lung Foundation’s Mesothelioma Research Network Steering Group, said that for 25 years there had been little improvement in survival times for people who developed mesothelioma following occupational exposure to asbestos. People typically survived no more than 12 months from diagnosis, despite treatment. But that was all changing. Giving the annual Warner Lecture, which commemorates BOHS founder member Dr Clifford G Warner, Moore-Gillon explained that advances in immunotherapy and other treatments over the past five years were….

 John Ballard is editor of Occupational Health [at Work].

Author: Ballard J

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2019 (vol. 16/1) pp32-39

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