Ocular health among radiologists in the age of PACS: is it time for our profession to open its eyes to this issue in light of existing European legislation?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/267994
Title:
Ocular health among radiologists in the age of PACS: is it time for our profession to open its eyes to this issue in light of existing European legislation?
Authors:
Halpenny, D; O'Driscoll, D; Torreggiani, W C
Affiliation:
Adelaide and Meath Hospitals, Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland. darraghhalpenny@hotmail.com
Citation:
Ocular health among radiologists in the age of PACS: is it time for our profession to open its eyes to this issue in light of existing European legislation? 2012, 85 (1020):e1309-11 Br J Radiol
Journal:
The British journal of radiology
Issue Date:
Dec-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/267994
DOI:
10.1259/bjr/27200799
PubMed ID:
22932063
Abstract:
The regular use of visual display units (VDUs) at work has been shown to cause the development of a constellation of symptoms ranging from dry eyes to temporary myopia. European workers who use VDUs are now protected under detailed legislation enacted by the European Union (Directive 90/270/EEC). The use of picture archiving and communications systems, which are almost ubiquitous in European countries, means that, as a profession, radiologists fall under the remit of this legislation. This paper aims to assess the impact that full implementation of this law would have on a radiologist's practice and to more broadly examine the issue of eye care as an occupational health issue in radiology. The authors conclude that eye care in the setting of regular VDU use among radiologists is an important quality control and occupational health issue. There is a clear legal basis requiring employers to provide regular eye examinations and reporting breaks. In the absence of leadership from employers on this issue individual radiologists have a responsibility to ensure that their work practices reflect the legal situation and minimise the effect of eye strain on their performance.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Computer Peripherals; European Union; Eye Diseases; Humans; Occupational Diseases; Occupational Health; Physician Impairment; Professional Practice; Radiology
ISSN:
1748-880X

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHalpenny, Den_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Driscoll, Den_GB
dc.contributor.authorTorreggiani, W Cen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-01T13:06:51Z-
dc.date.available2013-02-01T13:06:51Z-
dc.date.issued2012-12-
dc.identifier.citationOcular health among radiologists in the age of PACS: is it time for our profession to open its eyes to this issue in light of existing European legislation? 2012, 85 (1020):e1309-11 Br J Radiolen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1748-880X-
dc.identifier.pmid22932063-
dc.identifier.doi10.1259/bjr/27200799-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/267994-
dc.description.abstractThe regular use of visual display units (VDUs) at work has been shown to cause the development of a constellation of symptoms ranging from dry eyes to temporary myopia. European workers who use VDUs are now protected under detailed legislation enacted by the European Union (Directive 90/270/EEC). The use of picture archiving and communications systems, which are almost ubiquitous in European countries, means that, as a profession, radiologists fall under the remit of this legislation. This paper aims to assess the impact that full implementation of this law would have on a radiologist's practice and to more broadly examine the issue of eye care as an occupational health issue in radiology. The authors conclude that eye care in the setting of regular VDU use among radiologists is an important quality control and occupational health issue. There is a clear legal basis requiring employers to provide regular eye examinations and reporting breaks. In the absence of leadership from employers on this issue individual radiologists have a responsibility to ensure that their work practices reflect the legal situation and minimise the effect of eye strain on their performance.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The British journal of radiologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshComputer Peripherals-
dc.subject.meshEuropean Union-
dc.subject.meshEye Diseases-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshOccupational Diseases-
dc.subject.meshOccupational Health-
dc.subject.meshPhysician Impairment-
dc.subject.meshProfessional Practice-
dc.subject.meshRadiology-
dc.titleOcular health among radiologists in the age of PACS: is it time for our profession to open its eyes to this issue in light of existing European legislation?en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentAdelaide and Meath Hospitals, Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland. darraghhalpenny@hotmail.comen_GB
dc.identifier.journalThe British journal of radiologyen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren

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