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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08569: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what support it can provide to encourage the use of the Oasys computer program to help measure work-related asthma, and whether the NHS offers guidance to ensure that robust systems are in place to protect employees from such conditions.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 26 April 2017

Occupational health and safety legislation is reserved to the UK Government and regulation is the responsibility of the Health and Safety Executive.

Employers have a statutory duty of care to their employees to carry out occupational risk assessments and put in place appropriate mitigation measures.

The Scottish Government funds the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, part of NHS Health Scotland, to provide a wide range of advice for employers to promote health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace. This includes information on health and safety as well as managing a supporting sickness absence and return to work.