Occupational Health services

Help to manage the health of your business and people

Occupational illness costs more than injuries (HSE 2013)

illness v injury

What to expect from Occupational Health:

  • Understand the needs of new employees, who have health conditions or disabilities;
  • Make decisions about adjustments that may be required to enable them to fulfil their contractual duties and hours;
  • Managers know and understand adjustments and adaptations required to comply with the Equality Act;
  • Work-related illness is identified at the earliest point, to facilitate early intervention and treatment, enable cost containment and avoid legal challenge;
  • Managers know how to prevent / minimise work-related illness;
  • Compliance with health surveillance, and, where required, advice on statutory reporting of work-related disease;
  • Health programmes and interventions are audited to inform systems and procedures and ensure best value;
  • Managers feel competent and confident to manage health related attendance and performance, prevent /mitigate physical or mental illness, including stress;
  • Procedures are in place to manage employee health and workability consistently and fairly.
  • Employees understand and engage with health improvement programmes, adjustments and restrictions (mostly temporary) to reduce absence costs;

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Self-reported Occupational illness by year (HSE 2015)

What do OH practitioners do?

  • Case conferences between Human Resource (HR) Teams and OH professionals
  • Occupational Health (OH) advice helpline for line managers
  • Early intervention: when an employee reports symptoms or a new diagnosis
  • Sickness absence: frequent short or long term absences
  • Performance: when an employee has consistent or recurring difficulty achieving targets or outputs
  • Disability: identification of possible modifications, adjustments or adaptations

Network services available:

  • Mental Health Support: Referral to Mindshift*, Counselling, Mediation, Employee Assistance
  • Physical Therapies: Referral to Physiotherapy, General Practitioner (GP), Outpatient services, other short term interventions
  • Referral to Occupational Therapy