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Have you suffered an injury at work? Is work making you unwell? Are you unsure of your rights? Every year some two million people in Britain are injured or made ill by their work. Most people make a full recovery, but each week around 500 people leave work as a result of a work-related illness or injury. However, all these injuries and illnesses caused by work can be prevented. This practical handbook provides advice on the most common health risks at work, and how you can tackle them. It explains how you can use your legal rights and common sense to avoid injury and illness, and how to take action to recover your health and get back to work as soon as possible. There is advice on what to tell your GP, how you can get compensation if necessary, and tips on where to get help when returning to work. Every aspect is dealt with in an approachable way, including: tackling stress at work; workplace violence; bullying; muscle aches and strains; what to expect from your doctor; your rights and the regulations; personal injury claims. With plenty of real life case studies to illustrate the problems that can be encountered, the book offers positive suggestions about preventing ill health and improving your well-being at more

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  • Book | 176 pages
  • Kogan Page Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0749435755
  • 9780749435752

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Part 1 Health and safety law 1. Chemical cocktail Eddie's story Regulations to protect and report 2. The right to keep well at work Health and safety law at work Regulating health and safety 'Hazards' and 'risks' What you can do yourself Taking legal action Protection from victimization 3. Assessing risks at work Employers' duty to assess risks Five steps to risk assessment Pregnancy and VDU risks Part 2 A pain in the workplace 4. A job at the supermarket Gita's story 5. Aches and strains: the danger signs Musculo-skeletal disorders Repetitive strain injury Preventing injury The law Women and manual handling injuries A healthy back If you suffer from back strain at work 6. Body mapping Surveying for hazards Hazard mapping Working safely in a supermarket 7. Safe and healthy call centres Modern office, with a difference RSI in call centres Work safely Advice for RSI sufferers Noise and hearing Angry and abusive calls Stress in call centres Stress control: what can you do? 8. Taking care of your voice Answer that phone! Voice care What you can do for yourself What your employer should do 9. Teamworking in call centres Getting critical Criteria for satisfying work Part 3 Stress, violence and bullying 10. Tackling stress at work Stress: the facts Defining work-related stress 'Fight or flight' reactions to stress Symptoms and causes of stress at work Stress - the risk assessment approach The law on stress Women and stress What you can do for yourself Taking legal action 11. Violence in store Mark's story Hammer blows No 'victim support' here Preventing shop violence: the law Union safety advice 12. Personal safety A picture of violence Violence at work: assessing the risks Zero tolerance in the NHS Working alone: home care staff Personal safety: estate agents What you can do for yourself Traumatic stress 13. When bullying goes unchecked Maxine's story Union tackles bullying Maxine's case: some lessons 14. Tacking bullying at work The effects of bullying Where bullying flourishes What you can do to tackle a bully Keeping a diary Bullying at work: the law Cath Noonan: 'I know a bit about the way they work' Part 4 'New' health issues 15. 'She's got PMS: that's a good one' Toni and Louise: coping with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) 16. What is PMS? Eplaining PMS Winning recognition of PMS Self-diagnosis Four steps to managing PMS New workplace policies for PMS Men and PMS 17. Driven to death 'Occupational road risk' Employers to face new duties? Road risk assessment 'Nod off and die' What you can do for yourself 18. Teleworking Setting up to telework Risk assessment: the basis steps Safe use of 'office' equipment Personal safety Problems of isolation 19. Men's health - the working years Gender health gap Men's health initiatives Part 5 Resources 20. Disability rights at work The Disability Discrimination Act Who is covered by the DDA? 'Reasonable adjustments' Access to Work Disability leave What you can do for yourself Taking legal action 'New vision' for occupational health 21. What to expect from your doctor Questions your doctor should ask about your work Workplace hazards: what GPs need to know Advice or treatment? Seven GP case studies 22. Occupational health in the community Community-based OH projects Where to get helpshow more

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Philip Pearson has worked at Industrial Relations Services for the past seven years as researcher and editor, including editor of their Employee Health Bulletin. Previously, he has worked for the TGWU and the Low Pay more

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'This book should be on every ward and health centre, and be read by every nurse' Nursing Times, Londonshow more