Occupational health lawyer awarded MBE

The leading employment and occupational health lawyer Diana Kloss has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Kloss, who is an honorary senior lecturer in occupational health law at the University of Manchester, is the author of the seminal Occupational Health Law and has also advised many police forces, local authorities, NHS trusts and large organisations about occupational health law.

She is also an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, an honorary life member of the Society of Occupational Medicine and a part-time employment judge in Manchester and ­Liverpool.

Kloss told Occupational Health: “I was absolutely thrilled when I found out. Legal issues are important, and employers often like their OH people to have some legal knowledge, for example an understanding of the Disability Discrimination Act.”

Other OH and health and safety winners in this year’s honours included Andrew Forbes, health, safety and security manager at Bab­cock Marine, owner of the Rosyth Dockyard in Fife, who was made an MBE.

Janice Cave, director of public affairs at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, received the same accolade.

Dr Nigel Lightfoot, chief adviser at the Health Protection Agency, was honoured with a CBE for his role in the aftermath of the death of Alexander Litvinenko. The Russian spy was poisoned with the radioactive substance Polonium 210 in 2006.

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