Occupational Health (OH) focuses on the physical and mental wellbeing of employees in the workplace.
It aims to encourage safe working practices, health monitoring, and supporting the employee back to work if they have been off for a longer period of time.
Who provides the service?
The NHS will provide a bespoke service to match the specific needs and requirements for your situation within your business at a cost.
They offer a number of services such as :
The OH team will provide information and advice that will help you support your employees to get back to work as quickly as possible.
The absence management strategy help your business:
- Reduce levels of absence
- Cut the cost of absence
- Drive up productivity and decrease disruption
- Create greater engagement and motivation of employees as they feel more valued
- Enable employees to return to work sooner
According to the NHS approximately 70% of all sickness absence is due to psychological ill health of musculoskeletal disorders.
The NHS teams work together with highly qualified doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and mental health practitioners to provide advice, guidance and quicker access to specialists.
They will provide a professional occupational health risk assessment to help you understand what actions you need to take to prevent occupational illness in your business.
They assessment will:
- Identify any hazards and employees that might be affected
- Evaluate the risk
- Identify and prioritise appropriate interventions and controls
Health surveillance and prevention
With ongoing checks, health problems can be identified quicker and perhaps prevented to ensure your employees are safe and able to continue their current role.
The OH team can provide a cost effective health surveillance program specific for your business. Such as:
- Hearing testing
- Vision testing
- Hand and arm vibration
- Lung function testing
- Driver medical exam
- Alcohol/ drug testing
Staff can be exposed to risks in a number of industries where vaccinations can prove important. Having an effective vaccination system gives confidence to workers that might be exposed that they have the protection in place.
Health Promotion and Wellbeing
The NHS OH team can support you the employer, to create a positive and healthy work environment. Helping promote healthy behaviours among your staff.
Including services that:
- Improve mental wellbeing
- Change behaviour – smoking, alcohol and substance misuse
- Increase physical activity
- Promote healthy eating
Benefits To The Employer?
Research shows that good employee health and wellbeing results in better finances for your business.
Research from NHS states:
Every year over 170 million days are lost to sickness absence.
The Government’s Black Review of the health of the working age population reported the cost to the economy is estimated to be £100bn each year.
Research shows that the longer people are off sick, the less likely they are to make a successful return to work.
After six months absence from work, there is only a 50 per cent chance of someone making a successful return.
Your staff are essential to the running of your business. Helping take care of your employees is a win win situation.
You do not need to provide occupational health services, especially if you are a SME or have a small workforce. However the NHS does offer competitively priced services to all UK businesses, and it is important if any of your staff are experiencing ill health or injury that it is addressed.
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