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June/July 2019 (vol. 16/1)

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Personal Learning Zone in this issue



This issue of Occupational Health [at Work] features a Personal Learning Zone (PLZ) article recommended for continuing professional development (CPD). The assignment questions, ‘Personal learning statement’ and ‘Certificate of engagement’ are available to subscribers at here.  These will also be stored in your password-protected PLZ. The PLZ will help you document your own CPD. Occupational health physicians and nurses, occupational hygienists and other professionals can use the resource in support of their specialism’s revalidation or CPD requirements..

Pages 29–31. Negligent exposure. The Supreme Court has held in Dryden v Johnson Matthey plc 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. The decision is distinct from previous cases concerning ‘pleural plaques’ caused by exposure to asbestos, because these neither cause symptoms nor lead to asbestos-related disease, even in the event of further exposure.


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 here

Page 5. People with epilepsy often face barriers to work through employers’ poor understanding of the condition and concerns over safety. Improved employment support and better-informed dialogue between individuals and employers could help.

Page 10-11. The EAT has held that ‘something arising in consequence of disability’ (Equality Act section 15) cannot apply to a disabled person’s mistaken belief that something at work would make their disability worse.

Pages 16-21. The impact and cost-effectiveness of workplace health programmes remain unclear: the quality of research evidence is generally low, with the poorest-quality studies the most likely to report a positive return on investment.

Pages 40-42. Our compendium of recent research in occupational health includes: a meta-analysis examining the association between shiftwork and ischaemic heart disease; a large population study on the link between psychosocial working conditions and mental health; and a systematic review of resilience-based interventions on promoting return to work for people with chronic pain.

Author: The At Work Partnership Ltd

Occupational Health at Work June/July 2019 (vol. 16/1) pp43

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