Workers with handicap or psychological impairment are frequently submitted to mobbing. If causative factors of psychological disorders are not recognized, the physician charged of medical surveillance of workers may himself become a prosecutor and enhance the mobbing actions to the extent that the mobbed worker is discharged. In order to avoid this undue effect, the physician should strictly adhere to the body of legislation and to good occupational medicine practices. Health surveillance for occupationally exposed groups of workers is required under specific health and safety legislation. Workers unexposed to hazard in the workplace cannot be included in health surveillance programme, and declaring these workers unfit for their job is a patent violation of Workers' Statute Law. Psychological disorders should be carefully evaluated in order to clarify their relationship with work. The case of a worker affected with schizophrenia, already reported in the literature, is here re-analysed in order to emphasize these concepts. © PI-ME, 2006.
|Pages (from-to)||440 - 443|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health