HomeNewsWhat is occupational health, and why is it important?
1st February 2016
With employee sickness absence costing the British economy an estimated £13.8 billion *, Occupational Health is a topic businesses can’t afford to ignore.
But what is Occupational Health ?
Occupational Health looks at health from two dimensions:
- The effect of work on employee health;
- The effect of health on and employees working performance.
Traditionally, Occupational Health was a reactive process, reducing risks by controlling exposures and preventing ill health.
With government initiatives, health & safety changes and ever-changing legislation the need for a broader scope of occupational health services is crucial.
That’s where we can help!
Our team of highly skilled Occupational Health professionals will link together the right elements from our comprehensive suite of services to provide you with a best-in-class Occupational Health and Wellness Solution.
How we can help:
- Help prevent work-related ill health
- Advise on fitness for work, workplace safety, the prevention of occupational injuries and disease
- Recommend appropriate adjustments in the workplace to help people remain in work
- Improve the attendance and performance of the workforce – for example by assisting in the management of sickness absence
- Provide rehabilitation to help people return to work, and give advice on suitable alternative work for people with health problems
- Promote health in the workplace and healthy lifestyles
- Recommend and implement appropriate policies to maintain a safe and healthy workplace
- Conduct research into work related health issues
- Ensure compliance with health and safety regulations including identifying and reducing workplace hazards and evaluating control measures where necessary.
* Estimate based on the most up-to-date statistics from the HSE website which reflects the position in 2010-2011 in 2011 price terms.