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Occupational Health Law, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4452-0
432 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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A new edition has become needed because of the large number of changes in the law since the last edition was published in 1998. These include the Human Rights Act; the Data Protection Act 1998 which was brought into force in 2000; new case law on compensation (particularly with regard to stress); the Woolf reforms on civil procedures, especially regarding expert witnesses; and developments in equal opportunities law (e.g. maternity leave). The section on disability discrimination has been completely rewritten. Other new features include genetic testing in employment and the new offence of corporate manslaughter, and details regarding the new training and evaluation criteria that occupational health professionals are required to satisfy.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition.


Table of Cases.

Table of Statutes.

Table of Statutory Instruments.

General Introduction.

1. The Provision of Occupational Health Services.

2. The Legal Status and Liability of the OH Professional.

3. Medical Records and Confidentiality.

4. Pre-Employment Screening and Health Surveillance.

5. Health and Safety at Work: the Criminal Law.

6. The Law of Compensation: Welfare Benefits.

7. The Law of Compensation: Civil Liability.

8. Employment law.

9. Equal Opportunities.

Appendix A. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, Schedule 3.

Appendix B. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, Regulation 11 and Schedule 6, and Approved Code of Practice Paragraphs.

Appendix C. Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) Regulations.

Appendix D. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 6, and Approved Code of Practice, paragraphs 41-45.

Appendix E. Disability Discrimination Act 1995: Guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability.



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Author Information

Diana Kloss is a barrister and part-time Chairman of Employment Tribunals practising in Manchester. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health Law in the University of Manchester. She has considerable experience of employment law and medical law, both in practice and as a lecturer and researcher. Diana has been an ACAS arbitrator for twenty-five years and has recently been appointed to the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council. She is a member of the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS, the United Kingdom Panel for Healthcare Workers and the CJD Incidents Committee. Diana has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Local Authority Medical Advisers. She writes a regular column for Occupational Health [at Work} and contributes to Hunter's Diseases of Occupations.
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The Wiley Advantage

* The established work on the subject
* as the law becomes more complex and demands on employers increase, a well written and accessible guide has become even more necessary
* essential reference for occupational health and personnel departments
* 'Essential reading... clear, straight to the point... superb value for money' - Occupational Safety & Health
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‘This is essential reading. The revealing case histories are an education in themselves. Clear, straight to the point exposition makes the book superb value for money and invaluable as a reference.’
Journal of Occupational Safety and Health

‘What makes this book special is not just the mine of useful and expert information but its readability and compassion, which, in a legal textbook, has to be as rare as hen’s teeth.’
Journal of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment

‘Explores the complete landscape of occupational health and workers’ rights … a reference not only for those lobbying or legislating, but also for occupational health care professionals and human resources departments.’

‘Very informative, concise and detailed.’

‘Diana’s book provides a long awaited and much needed framework … make sure you have access to [it].’
ACPOH Newsletter

'Occupational Health Law is an essential, comprehensive and up-to-date reference source for OH professionals.'

"Occupational Health Law remains an essential reference... One of the book's greatest strengths is its clear explanation of this aspect of British employment law to the non-lawyer. A book for the practice library certainly as well as the DMLS reference collection, but also essential reading for anyone undertaking AFOM or even, in my view, D Occ Med Training."
N K Cooper, HQ BFG Health Service

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