Occupational Health is about the effects of work on health and the effects of health on work. Occupational health practitioners are impartial and their advice benefits both the employer and employee.
Occupational health is a vital component of HR policy, enabling employers to understand and comply with Health and Safety legislation and to ensure workplace risks are effectively managed.
Occupational health practitioners have six core services;
· Prevention – of ill health caused or exacerbated by work.
· Timely intervention –early detection and support for the main causes of sickness absence.
· Rehabilitation – to help staff stay at work or return to work after illness.
· Health assessments for work – to help manage attendance, retirement and related matters.
· Promotion of health and well being – using work as a means to improve health and well being and using the workplace to promote health.
· Teaching and training – encouraging staff and managers to support staff health and well being.