What is Occupational Health?

Occupational health is about the effect of work on health, and the effect of health on work. It enables companies to comply with their legal requirements and look after their most important asset their employees. Occupational health can help reduce sickness absence levels and optimise staff performance and productivity. It is a vital component of HR policy helping ensure work place risks are effectively managed and assist the HR staff with issues of disability, ill health retirement and management of any existing work related health problems.
Occupational health can potentially produce numerous benefits including less absence, improved productivity, reduced insurance premiums, less claims, better staff recruitment and retention which ultimately can all impact on profitability.

Is Occupational Health A legal Requirement?

Whilst occupational Health is not a specific legal requirement, there is a requirement under health and safety legislation for employers to protect employees against potential workplace hazards. In addition to this requirement, several individual pieces of employment and health & safety legislation do make it clear that specific interventions by medical personnel are required.Therefore in some instances to comply with legislation then there is a legal requirement to provide some of the services which come under the occupational health umbrella.

Will Occupational Health reduce my insurance premiums?

Whilst we can not guarantee this will reduce premiums it will certainly help and many of our clients do see a reduction in their premiums and it is worth talking to brokers and insurers to see what impact it will have. We can also recommend brokers who will endeavour to look at this aspect for you.

What is health screening?

Health screening or sometimes referred to as health surveillance is one aspect of occupational health and it is a range of available tests designed to indicate an employees health in relation to anticipated or predicted results often dependent on age, gender, ethnic origin etc and offer a bench marking and warning indicator for people who may be at risk or have been exposed to risk from processes in the work place. Certain pieces of employment and health and safety legislation make it clear that health screening or surveillance is a specific requirement.

Is Occupational Health costly and only for large companies?

Definitely not! Occupational health can be very cost effective and save the company a lot of money, see “what is occupational Health?” above for many of the cost benefits. Also companies particularly the smaller organisations can have occupational health on an ad hoc as required service with no long term contractual commitments and it often costs far less than most companies think to have an occupational health provision in place.