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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14244: Ivan McKee (Glasgow Provan)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 31 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the potential links between early onset neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, MS, ME and MND and people who have worked in industries where they are exposed to excessive noise and vibration, and whether it would consider commissioning a research study into these links.

Answered by: Shona Robison 20 February 2018

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the GB-wide regulator for health and safety at work.

Employers are required to control employees’ exposure to noise and vibration under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and related regulations. This includes carrying out health surveillance to spot early signs of hand arm vibration syndrome and noise-induced hearing loss to ensure employees are not being exposed to excessive noise or vibration.

HSE is not aware of any link between early onset neurological conditions and people who have worked in industries where they are exposed to excessive noise and vibration and currently has no plans to undertake any research in this area.

Researchers can apply to the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office for funding. The CSO's Translational Clinical Studies Committee and the Health Improvement, Protection and Services Research Committees each meet twice per year to consider funding applications. Details of the application process are published on the CSO website.

Applications looking at the underlying causes, diagnosis and treatment of early onset neurological conditions are welcomed. In common with all other applications, these would go through CSO's standard independent peer review process.