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Magic Mineral to Killer DustTurner & Newall and the Asbestos Hazard$
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Geoffrey Tweedale

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243990.001.0001

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Medical Provision, Diagnosis, and Prescription

Medical Provision, Diagnosis, and Prescription

(p.53) 3 Medical Provision, Diagnosis, and Prescription
Magic Mineral to Killer Dust

Geoffrey Tweedale

Oxford University Press

For most workers who joined or were employed in the asbestos industry, there was no indication that they were working with a hazardous material. However, for the minority employed in the ‘scheduled areas’ — in other words, workers engaged in jobs such as crushing, carding, spinning, and mattress-making — the situation was different. They came within the Medical Arrangements Scheme of 1931. They were handed a small booklet, a ‘Worker's Register’, which explained the basics of the medical and compensation scheme and gave them space to enter their job and medical examination details. The text contained no warnings about asbestosis or descriptions of the symptoms of the disease, though it did explain that workers would have to present themselves regularly before a Medical Board. This chapter examines how the Medical Board system operated in practice, drawing on internal documentation from Turner & Newall.

Keywords:   Medical Arrnagements Scheme, asbestos industry, Medical Board system, medical care, employee health, occupational health, Turner & Newall, asbestosis

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