What are the benefits of occupational health services at work?

Having a workplace occupational health (OH) service gives your employer access on site to competent professional specialist advice which will help protect the health of workers.

OH services can provide direct help for workers who suffer an injury or ill health related to work. It gives you an opportunity to discuss worries about your medical problems and difficulties you may be facing at work.

Some good employers take a proactive approach to workplace health involving the whole workforce. A good example is the North East Better Health at Work Award initiative, an innovative partnership between NHS Trusts and local businesses with union support, covering issues like smoking cessation, stress and exercise, and aiming to develop a sustainable culture of healthy workplaces.

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