When will my employer want me to contact its occupational health service?

There are a variety of scenarios in which you might be asked or encouraged to contact occupational health (OH). For example:

  • when you are off sick for more than two or three weeks;
  • if you have a pattern of short-term absence that might have an underlying medical reason;
  • where you are considering a return to work after ill health or injury and your employer needs to think about what permanent or temporary adjustments might be needed to help you return to work successfully; or
  • where you are displaying any symptoms that might be linked to the way in which you carry out your work.
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