APH 2004, 62, 107-115:
Trade Union Perspectives on Genetic Screening in Employment.
Relations: Prevention or Shift towards a Predictive Medical Selection.
Keywords: Genetic screening, workforce selection, occupational health policy, prevention at the workplace
Genetic screening is not a common practice in European companies. However a development of the market of genetic tests could modify the situation. The Trade Union movement is opposed to the use of genetic screening by the occupational health services because it is chiefly about predicting susceptibility or predisposition. It does not say whether the individual examined is fit to do a particular job in safe and healthy conditions, nor does it detect genetic damage from workplace exposures that would justify taking preventive action. Genetic screening should be banned in employment relations by the European legislation.