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6 Reasons Why Occupational Health is Important

If you’re a business owner or you oversee a team at work, you may be asking yourself why occupational health is important and if it’s something you need to consider implementing.

We find that many business owners aren’t 100% clear on what a occupational health policy includes, or they have several unanswered questions about how to implement an effective policy.

So, we’re going to explore exactly what it is and why it’s important.

What is occupational health?

Occupational health teams help keep your employees happy and healthy at work. They can help manage and monitor any risks or factors that may negatively impact your team. They can also help employees pro-actively manage and maintain their health.

Why’s it important? Protect your employees

As an employer, you’re required by law to keep your employees safe at work and to take active steps to prevent the development of physical or mental ill health due to business activity.

Naturally, some jobs will come with further risks than others, but regardless of the sector you operate in, you still need to take steps to protect your employees and help prevent harm.

An occupational health team will have in depth experience of what can be done to protect and maintain the health of your team.

Identify and reduce risk

Some jobs will have more risks than others. But how do you identify a risk? It can often be hard to see the risk factors associated with your role when you’re so familiar with your day-to-day responsibilities.

Occupational health experts can actively help identify risk and highlight steps that can be taken to reduce it. A risk can also include ensuring an employee is medically fit to complete their role, via various assessments such as drug and alcohol screening for example.

This is beneficial for your whole team, as minimising risk factors can ultimately result in a happier safer team, with reduced accidents, and incidents.

An OH team can also help implement risk monitoring and health surveillance where needed, which will help you spot any new risks early.

Improve efficiencies

Specialist OH policies can help you encourage safe working practices as well as  improve your business’s overall efficiency.

If your OH services are implemented correctly, your team should feel safe and protected when working for you, which will have an impact on overall productivity and retention.

Reduce absence

An estimated 149.3 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK throughout 2021. This works out at around 4.6 days of absence per employee and has a huge impact on overall business operations and performance.

When you provide a specialist team to manage and assist with the physical and mental health of your whole team, you’re likely to see a reduction in absence overall.

Early indication of ill health  

Due to ongoing monitoring, health assessments and absence reviews provided by occupational health, you can increase early indication of ill health within your workplace.

Being able to identify ill health early, will mean an employee can take action to recover sooner. Early indication also means your business has more time to adapt to any potential future absences and/or implement workplace adjustments to help accommodate.

Positive impact on lifestyle and wellbeing

Access to a great occupational health service can really have a positive impact on a person’s lifestyle and overall wellbeing. You can help your team to worry less, feel happier in their place of work, gain awareness and follow safer procedures, whilst better accommodating their overall needs.

Want to find out more about occupational health

We provide fully flexible solutions and deliver a range of services across the UK online and in person at our clinics. If you’d like to find out how we can support your business, please get in touch.