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August/September 2020 (vol. 17/2)

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OH ethics for pandemics

Summary:

With a potential resurgence of COVID-19 this winter, and a tangible threat of future pandemics, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine should develop specific guidelines on ethical OH practice during a pandemic for inclusion in its publication Ethics guidance for occupational health practice.

The UK faces a potential resurgence of COVID-19 this coming winter, with even worse outcomes than experienced in the pandemic so far. This is the conclusion of a report by the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS)1. While action taken across society may help to mitigate that possibility, the country needs to prepare urgently for a worst-case scenario. The OH professions must be ready.

Our recent survey asked what lessons should be learnt from OH practitioners’ experiences of working during the pandemic2 (pages 15–21). Lessons include having a business-continuity plan, effective remote working and enhancing the role of OH…

John Ballard, editor

Author: Ballard J

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2020 (vol. 17/2) pp03

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