Occupational health

What is Occupational Health?

Posted By Kerry Budworth on 2018-06-23 19:57

Why Occupational Health is Important For Your Business

What is Occupational Health?

Occupational health is a specialist branch of medicine that focuses on both the physical and mental wellbeing of employees in the workplace. Some employers see health and safety as an onus put on them through regulation, however, the aim of occupational health services is to prevent work-related illness and injury which protects the business as well as its employees.

The NHS says "Attracting and retaining staff with the right values, commitment and expertise is critical to business success, and key to being able to provide high quality patient care. Occupational health teams work towards keeping staff physically and emotionally well and at work". 

Simply put, occupational health providers keep people both physically and mentally healthy at work. Our occupational health services will help keep your employees healthy and safe whilst in work and manage any risks in the workplace that are likely to give rise to work-related ill health.

What Does Occupational Health Do

As occupational health professionals, we assess what impact work has on your staff health. We also make sure that your employees are fit to undertake the role they are employed to do both physically and emotionally. We can support your organisation by advising on work-related illnesses and accidents.

We also carry out different assessments that can help you with new starters and existing employees. Our services will help you in the monitoring of the health of your employees and the prevention of both accidents and ill-health. We can also help you manage both short and long-term absence situations.

Again, put simply, the aim of occupational health is to prevent work-related illness and injury by:

  • encouraging safe working practices
  • ergonomics (studying how you work and how you could work better)
  • monitoring the health of the workforce
  • supporting the management of sickness absence.

An Investment in Keeping The Right Staff

Attracting and retaining employees with commitment and expertise is a costly business in both time and money. However, it is critical to the success of your business and key to your company being able to provide high-quality products or services. So it makes sense to ensure that you keep your employees both healthy and happy. 

There is a huge amount of research available that clearly shows that good health is good for business. Simply put, better workplaces have better financial results. According to the NHS, every year over 170 million days is lost to sickness absence. A UK Government review of the health of the working age population reported the cost to the economy of that sickness absence is estimated to be £100bn each year.

More than that, the latest research shows that the longer people are off sick, the less likely they are to make a successful return to work. After six months of absence from work, there is only a 50 per cent chance of someone making a successful return. So investing in occupational health services is really investing in your business success. 

Occupational health services protect employees and businesses by:

  • encouraging safe working practices
  • studying how your employees work and how they could work better 
  • monitoring the health of your workforce
  • supporting the management of sickness absence.

What services does occupational health provide?

As an occupational health service provider, we provide a range of services to meet the needs of many organisations. Occupational health services are really about being proactive, the different assessments are aimed at keeping staff well and at work. They are not solely designed to support employees when they are ill. Occupational health activities we provide include:

An occupational health strategy is imperative for your business, as we said, it doesn't just protect your employees, it also protects your business. We provide many levels of service, from one-off assessments all the way through to multi-assessments over contracted periods. If you think you might need us or if you would like to learn a little more, don't hesitate to contact us. 

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