What is occupational health?
Traditionally occupational health was a ‘medical’ reactive process diagnosing health effects and illness, promoting good health, reducing risks by controlling exposures and preventing ill health. Today it has to justify itself economically and is a service that looks to protect both the employee and the employer.
Over the last 10 years there has been massive change and growth in occupational health and rehabilitation services. This has been due to new legislation, EU Health & Safety directives, DWP government initiatives, the Equality Act, human rights, the working time directive, age legislation, on-going changes in the structure and charging for NHS services, pension issues and rehabilitation initiatives.
It means occupational health has become far more sophisticated. We can help to reduce risks to the employee and the employer, at the same time providing a service that maintains a level of commercial awareness and seeks to demonstrate a return on investment.