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Sleep, law, and policy

C.B. Jones, C.J. Lee and S.M.W. Rajaratnam

in Sleep, Health and Society

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199566594
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595066 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566594.003.0020

Series: Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health

Sleep, law, and policy

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This chapter focuses on the intersection between sleep, law, and policy. It briefly discusses the types of actions some governments around the world have taken in response to some of the societal problems and issues related to sleep. Because governments have a legitimate interest in protecting public and occupational health and safety in their respective societies, it is unsurprising that they have addressed drowsiness-related risks as a matter of law and public policy, particularly in populations and occupational groups that can be identified as being more likely to be affected by these risks. Although a variety of challenges exist for designing and implementing effective regulatory and policy schemes, greater ‘scientifically informed’ decision-making by stakeholders from relevant disciplines may lead to more effective efforts to manage the risks associated with drowsiness as a matter of law and policy in the future.

Keywords: sleep; law; regulatory and policy schemes; drowsiness-related risks; public safety; occupational health and safety; scientifically informed decision-making

Chapter.  9222 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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