What occupational health services are provided by my employer?

A basic workplace occupational health (OH) service includes:

  • a company doctor and/or nurse with specialist occupational health training, supported by administrative staff;
  • an on-site treatment room and other facilities;
  • specialist support, which may be on-site or contracted out (specialists may include physiotherapists, counsellors or occupational hygienists responsible for monitoring and controlling environmental hazards, such as chemicals and air quality);
  • subsidised subscriptions to a healthcare cash plan, for example, covering dental and optical care; and
  • an employee assistance programme (EAP). These cover around two million workers in Britain and include a telephone helpline, access to counselling, and advice on personal and work-related issues. Some EAPs provide family cover.
Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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