Occupational Health is a speciality that looks at the effects of work on an employees health. It also considers an individual’s health, ability and fitness to perform a particular role.
Occupational Health primary goal is to protect the employee and ensure that the work does not in any way compromise health.
Evidence shows that 90% of people Occupational health professionals help and support people to stay in work and remain healthy while doing so. A good Occupational Health scheme can have a major impact on reducing sickness absence and play a key role, providing independent advice to employers and employees.
The opinion of an Occupational Health specialist might be crucial in determining how to manage a capability issue or in providing key evidence in a claim to an employment tribunal. As well as addressing issues that occur, much of the work of an Occupational Health service is proactive, aiming to reduce potential problems in the workplace.