The second edition of Practical Occupational Medicine was
published in 2005. The two principal authors are Professor Raymond
Agius and Professor Anthony Seaton. Besides, two of the chapters
have been written by a new
guest author each (Gillian Fletcher and Elizabeth Wright).
It is on the recommended reading list for the AFOM Examination of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
The second edition is slightly larger than the first edition.
includes a completely new additional chapter, and significant
of substantial parts of the text of the first edition. For the first
it features colour plates. In common with the first edition it follows
a problem-based approach, centred around numerous case histories from
authors' own experience. In response to comments from readers the
edition has a more European emphasis than the first edition.
Chapter 1: The occupational history: introduction, taking the history - symptoms, individual exposure, interpreation
Chapter 2: Work related diseases: The size of the problem. Diseases considered by mode of presentation e.g. skin rashes, shortness of breath, other respiratory symptoms, pain and limitation of movement in the muscular system, hearing loss, itchy and sore eyes, blocked and itchy noses, headaches, weakness, sensory symptoms, symptoms of stress, and other presentations.
Chapter 3: Investigation of Occupational Disease: introduction, strategy, clinical (various approaches), work place investigation centred around the index case, how to go about it, other special investigations including some aspects of assessment of personal uptake, epidemiologic investigation, study designs, investigation beyond the index case, determining causation.
Chapter 4: Management of Occupational Disease: medical management of common or important conditions; respiratory, skin, poisonings, burns, physical agents, etc. Issues of reporting and of compensation.
Chapter 5: Assessing Risks of work related disease and Injury: Identifying hazards and assessing risks; ergonomics, occupational hygiene, strategy and tactics of measurement; aspects of health surveillance; formulating reports, etc.
Chapter 6: Reducing Risks of /Preventing Occupational Disease and injury: Introduction; organisational change; education, hierarchy of elimination, substitution, segregation / containment, local exhaust ventilation, personal protective equipment, change in work practices. Other measures such as vaccination, the role of selection etc.
Chapter 7: Work and the general environment; introduction; contribution of work to environmental pollution and risks of human health; risk reduction in the work place reducing risks in the general environment; risk reduction in the work lace at the expense of the general environments; developing balanced strategies; clinical implications and relevant eventual diagnosis .
Chapter 8: Sickness Absence: introduction; statistics; in disease; taxonomy; contributory factors; management, : medical and non medical, benefits.
Chapter 9: Ability, and Rehabilitation: introduction: definitions; fitness for work, assessment of worker and of work; policy at commencement of employment; policy in rehabilitation in employment; relocation; retirement; benefits.
Chapter 10: Workplace Health Promotion: introduction relative and importance of occupational health and hygiene needs assessment; opportunistic; specific; alcohol, other substances, tobacco, diet, exercise, etc. Critical discussion of the issues.
Chapter 11: Delivery of Occupational Health: responsibility of managers and employees; role of occupational health services and practitioners; occupational health and safety services; quality and audit; communication; ethics. Role of primary care and other services. Implications at a governmental and European level.
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