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Fully revised for this second edition, the Oxford Handbook of Occupational Health provides a concise practice-based guide. Bringing together the latest legislation and guidance with current practice in the field, this is your authoritative guide to assessing and managing health risks in the workplace. Consisting of twelve sections covering the full breadth of practice, the Handbook includes workplace hazards and diseases, occupational health emergencies, and practical procedures. This second edition is also updated with new information on psychiatric emergencies, psychological therapies, chronic pain management, writing a policy, and obesity. Providing a thorough, easy-to-use guide to the whole of occupational health, this Handbook is the essential resource for all occupational physicians, occupational health nurses, occupational hygienists, and all those dealing with workplace health and fitness, giving you the information you need at your fingertips.

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"This book is comprehensive in coverage of a range of areas in occupational health, and has ready references for most topics. Those working in clinical OH practice would certainly benefit from having this book available in their clinics."--Occupational Health, 5-star rated as 'Essential for the bookshelf'!

"... an authoritative resource...Although primarily aimed at doctors in the field, this is an essential resource for all occupational health professionals to keep at hand."--durrants

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Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This handbook offers virtually everything a practitioner engaged in an occupational medicine or allied health practice needs. It is efficiently organized using a tab system to quickly locate needed information.
Purpose: With this second edition, the editors have solidified their objectives of addressing workplace hazards, various occupational emergencies, and associated procedures. This update was necessary to highlight new information in psychiatric issues, pain management, policy engagement, and obesity in the workplace. Many of the topics relate to new or emerging technologies, which necessitates fairly frequent updates.
Audience: The audience includes practitioners in the field as well as those studying in this area. One of the benefits of the Oxford Handbook series is that practitioners in other medical fields will consult these little books to get a picture of a topic that falls outside their purview, and this book is no exception.
Features: The 12 sections remain the same as in the first edition, covering occupational hazards and diseases, occupational health practice, fitness for work, occupational health law, occupational hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology in occupational health, environmental medicine, safety science, practical procedures, and emergencies.
Assessment: I've always enjoyed using the Oxford Handbooks and this one is no exception. It is literally packed with information despite its pocket-sized dimensions. It is meticulously constructed and actually quite engaging reading. In particular, its bulleted and illustrated format enables its readers to extract information they'll be able to put right to use in the occupational health arena.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198567189
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Finlay Dick is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Medicine at Aberdeen University, Honorary Consultant Occupational Physician to NHS Grampian and is the course co-ordinator for the MSc in Occupational Medicine at the University of Aberdeen. He has worked in occupational medicine for 15 years in a number of sectors including the oil industry, shipping, local authority, and healthcare sectors. Steve Sadhra has published over 50 book chapters, international reports and peer-reviewed publications in the field of Occupational Health. He has over 15 years experience in teaching occupational physicians, nurses and occupational hygienists and engineers and currently undertakes National and International Consultancy work in occupational health for over 30 organisations throughout the UK. After completing her undergraduate training at Nottingham University Medical School, Julia Smedley subsequently spent several years in hospital medical specialties before embarking on higher specialist training in occupational medicine (a joint clinical/academic post at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Medical Research Council Environmental Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton). She is currently the head of a large NHS occupational health department that also provides services to a range of local and global industries. Whilst she is primarily a practical clinician and service director, she has always maintained a strong interest in research and evidence-based practice in occupational medicine.

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Table of Contents

Section 1 Occupational hazards
1. Physical hazards
2. Chemical hazards
3. Biological hazards
4. Mechanical and ergonomic hazards
5. Psychosocial hazards
Section 2 Occupational diseases
6. Occupational Infections
7. Respiratory and cardiovascular disorders
8. Skin disorders
9. Musculoskeletal disorders
10. Gastrointestinal and urinary tract disorders
11. Eye disorders
12. Neurological disorders
13. Psychiatric disorders
14. Reproductive disorders
15. Haematological disorders
16. Medically unexplained syndromes
Section 3 Occupational health practice
17. Operational issues
18. Ethics
19. Policies
20. Sickness absence, rehabilitation and retirement
21. Risk assessment and risk management
22. Health surveillance
Section 4 Fitness for work
23. Generic fitness for work and specific disorders
24. Fitness for specific work
Section 5 Occupational health law
25. UK Health and Safety law
26. Employment law
27. Law and records
28. Environmental law
Section 6 Occupational hygiene
29. Occupational Hygiene overview
30. Monitoring exposure
31. Biological monitoring
32. Prevention and control of exposure
Section 7 Toxicology
33. Toxicology
Section 8 Epidemiology
34. Epidemiology
Section 9 Environmental medicine
35. Environmental protection
Section 10 Safety science
36. Safety science
Section 11 Practical procedures
37. Clinical tasks and procedures
38. Non-clinical tasks
Section 12 Emergencies in occupational health
39. Acute poisoning
40. Non-chemical emergencies
41. Terrorism
A1. Hazard statements for 'health effects' used under CLP Regulations
A2. Consent for occupational health assessment
A3. List of prescribed diseases
A4. List of RIDDOR reportable diseases
A5. Informatics in occupational health
A6. Lung volumes
A7. Height and weight converter and body mass index (BMI) calculator
A8. Agents evaluated by IARC Agents evaluated by IARC as Group 1

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