What is Occupational Health?

Occupational health is a specialist branch of medicine that focuses on the physical and mental wellbeing of employees in their workplace.

The aim of occupational health is to prevent work-related illness and injury by:

•  Encouraging employers to create safe working practices;

•  Developing a better understanding of workplace ergonomics;

•  Developing strategies for monitoring the health of the workforce;

•  Supporting the management of sickness absence.

This can be achieved by the occupational health service working with the employer to help them meet their legal obligation through the provision of health assessments, educational programs, consultations and counselling on health related concerns.

Occupational health provision will depend on the size and operations of the business and can include the following:

•  Occupational doctors

•  Occupational nurses

•  Ergonomic experts

•  Occupational therapists

•  Psychologists