Medical management of occupational injuries and illnesses: Ethics, underreporting and workers' health
Learning Areas:Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related public policy
Describe medical management practices identified in OSHA investigations. Analyze the effects of these practices on OSHA recordkeeping, underreporting and undercounts of occupational injuries and illnesses. Discuss the ethical and worker health issues arising from these medical management practices.
Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Ethics
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been an OSHA medical officer for 6 1/2 years and involved in an number of OSHA investigations. I have reviewed medical management policies and medical records in these investigations. I have conducted interviews of health care providers in these settings. I have evaluated the effects of these policies and practices on recordkeeping, worker health and ethical conduct. Previously, I practiced clinical occupational medicine for 25 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.