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Given that this costs the UK economy an estimated £15 billion, it’s not difficult to see why safety and health is important in the workplace. An accident or illness could cost you as an employer a lot of money.
Put simply, occupational health deals with all aspects of physical and mental wellbeing in the workplace. Anything which causes risk or hazard to an employee—physical or mentally—is an occupational health issue.
There are many occupational health and safety challenges and issues faced by employers. Stress, sickness and unsafe working practices all contribute to absence, illness and injury. And when a workforce is demoralised by these issues, productivity dips—to the tune of £15 billion, remember.
As an employer, you have a duty of care to your staff. All organisations have occupational health and safety employer rights and responsibilities and need to not only plan but execute and maintain suitable health and safety arrangements.
You should have processes and procedures in place which meet the requirements laid out in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
At a minimum, you should:
This might all sound complex, but there’s plenty of guidance and advice available.
These screenings are used to assess whether an employee is suited to a particular role, whether before starting anew or returning after a sickness. They’re an important step in filtering out potential issues in occupational health and making adjustments to minimise risk.
At first, information is gathered in a brief chat with a consultant. This should take about 45 minutes, with a 30-minute review at the end. They’ll ask about pre-existing conditions, treatments and difficulties in the work being undertaken.
They’ll need the employee to sign a consent form—this is simply in order to approach their GP or specialist, to ask any further questions needed.
Afterwards, the health professional carrying out the assessment will send a certificate of fitness for work. This doesn’t include medical information—just details of the employee’s ability to work, along with recommended modifications or adjustments to support them.
These screenings are a vital part of your responsibilities in managing occupational health risks—you should take advantage of the many occupational health services for employers available, and ensure your workplace is a healthy and safe one for all involved.
If you’d like to find out more information on any of the topics mentioned in this article, please contact Health Assured on: 0333 251 3208
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