It is difficult to determine or predict what issues will be foremost in
people’s minds in a few years’ time. The nature and challenges of work
are constantly changing, and technologies are advancing. Moreover the perception
of risk, political and economic considerations, and hence priorities change
The following is simply based on a brainstorming exercise, in order
to generate issues which may be the subject of further discussion and debate.
The responses to a a brainstorming exercise, clearly depends on the constitution
of the focus group: workers/ their representatives/ employers/ politicians/
health and safety officers/ occupational hygienists, physicians or nurses/
health and safety or environmental or health promotion officers etc. The
points are not listed in any particular order and certainly not in priority
or degrees of certainty. However an attempt has been made to try and categorise
the points into various sets, although a number of them could very easily
feature under more than one subheading.