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What is: Occupational Health

Occupational Health Services


What is Occupational Health?



Occupational Health is the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations by preventing departures from health, controlling risks and the adaptation of work to people, and people to their jobs.
(WHO 1950)




Occupational health is an umbrella term which covers all sorts of ill health and injury caused by the vast variety of types of work that individuals do. Due to its scale, it should not be ignored in any place of work and should form an vital part of any first-rate workplace health and safety programme.


Stats: In 2009/10, around 1.3 million people thought they were suffering from ill that that was caused or made worse by their occupation. Of these, more than 500,000 were new cases diagnosed in the last 12 months. Overall, a staggering 29 million working days were lost in total as a result of ill health at work – nearly five time as many as were lost through injuries.


Ill health is very much worth tackling. Not only is the human cost huge but the financial impact is also very considerable, especially for smaller employers. For every employee who takes even one day off sick due to work-related health issues, the costs stack up and firms that see large amounts of absence are wasting thousands of pounds.


On the other hand, any establishment that is determined to take effective measures to combat work-related ill health could quickly see improved efficiency and productivity, enhanced staff self-esteem and lower absence rates. It will also likely avoid the prospect of detrimental prosecutions and expensive compensation claims.


For more information about the occupational health services we provide contact us on 01538 394270 today.