Screening could lead to future workforce of ‘fit, young robots’

first_imgFeatures list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Genetic testing should not be condoned, a leading OH advisor has warnedOH professionals must warn employers against the dangers of genetic testingand stress the need for a rational approach to workplace risk. The warning came from Carol Bannister, OH adviser at the Royal College ofNursing, who said OH practitioners should not condone the screening of recruitsfor genetic predisposition to illnesses. “For one thing it is likely to be contrary to the DisabilityDiscrimination Act. The second point is, what are you trying to do? Have aworkforce of fit, young robots?” she said. Pressure for genetic testing is set to grow following news that the mappingof the human genetic code is nearly complete. It will lead to greater accuracyin detecting susceptibility to conditions such as muscular dystrophy. But refusing to appoint someone with such a predisposition is no morelogical than barring someone who rides a motorbike, said Bannister. “Weare not very good at judging relative risk, but we are good at imposingemotional values on people.” Testing may help some individuals, but Bannister added, “If you have agenetic predisposition to Huntingdon’s Chorea and you know no one can doanything about it, does that help you?” Every health authority has a genetic counsellor, who can be contacted viathe individual’s GP, she added. OH professionals must refer to a specialistwhen the issue falls outside their range of expertise. A report on the implications of genetic testing for employment and insuranceis expected from the government in the autumn. Related posts: Screening could lead to future workforce of ‘fit, young robots’On 1 Aug 2000 in Automation, Personnel Todaycenter_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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