As a patient, I do not wish to be harmed by "heroic" healthcare staff presenting to work with an infection they might pass on to me, or having to work dehydrated. As a member of the public I do not wish to be the passive recipient of impaired political judgements made by sick or over-fatigued decision-makers.
Dr Richard Heron
President Faculty of Occupational Medicine
Richard is the President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. In his day job, he is Vice-President Health and Chief Medical Officer at BP. Richard is responsible for strategic development of the BP Group Health agenda including Employee Wellbeing, Occupational Health and Hygiene requirements for over 80,000 employees and Community and Public Health matters in the countries where BP operate. He trained in internal medicine in the UK and New Zealand before specialising in Occupational Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He is a past President of the UK Society of Occupational Medicine. Richard is married to Helen and has three daughters. He and his family are keen runners.
Since 1 July 2007 smoking had been banned in all enclosed public and work places in England. There was real disquiet before the legislation - how would it work? The reality is the younger generation of workers probably can't quite imagine a workplace with a designated smoking room, or a smoking carriage on a train. So is it a step backwards to say in some circumstances businesses might introduce a policy that permits e-cigarette use in designated areas?
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