February/March 2008 (vol. 04/5)

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Guidelines on fitness for work

An approach to writing fitness guidelines that work


Guidelines are an important part of assessing fitness for work. However, as Euan Thompson explains, producing guidelines that are themselves fit for purpose – and within legal and ethical boundaries – can be a challenging task.

THE number of fitness-for-work guidelines on our shelves has increased sharply over the past few years. Written in an attempt to create uniformity of diagnosis and management, these have in part been justified where, for over-riding operational or safety reasons, a degree of uniformity is needed – such as the police, fire and rescue services, coastguard, seafarers, offshore or the military…

Dr Euan Thompson is an occupational physician and writer in Aberdeen. He is the author of a number of fitness guidelines within the oil and gas industry.

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2008 (vol. 04/5) pp23-26

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