Occupational travel medicine: protecting the health and safety of those who regularly travel overseas for work

Smith, Derek R., and Leggat, Peter A. (2010) Occupational travel medicine: protecting the health and safety of those who regularly travel overseas for work. Annals of the ACTM, 11 (1). pp. 8-11.

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Abstract

In the current article we describe the newly emerging field of occupational travel medicine, that is, protecting the health and safety of individuals who regularly travel overseas for work. In recent years as the world embraces a global economy, travelling long distances, particularly by air, has become a common feature in many types of employment. Although most jobs traditionally required people to travel short distances to and from work either by car or public transport, an increasingly large proportion of society are now travelling internationally, usually via aircraft, as part of their job. Many occupations also involve transportation to tropical areas where various diseases exist that may not be present in the worker’s home country. For these reasons, while the clinical needs of the occupational traveller may appear similar to the general tourist, various interrelated factors combine to make travelling for work a much less pleasant experience. Health professionals in travel, tropical and occupational medicine need to work closely together to meet the needs of this steadily growing workforce demographic.

Item ID: 16670
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: travel health, occupational, traveller, prevention
ISSN: 1448-4706
Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 00:14
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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