What Is Occupational Health?
Occupational health and safety is a specialist branch of workplace medicine that focuses on the physical and psychological health and wellbeing of employee groups in today’s diverse workplaces. Employees are a company’s most valuable asset, and by managing health and wellbeing, we can help future-proof organisations to ensure they always perform to their best. Occupational health and safety teams can develop a range of services designed to meet the needs of your organisation. This can reduce absence due to sickness, preventing health risks from arising in the workplace and by providing screening and surveillance services in the early stages of ill health. There are many ways in which occupational health services can improve workplace safety and health.
Kays Medical occupational health practice team aim:
- To identify and help prevent both physical and psychological illness caused by work activities. Aspects of service include many different types of intervention from vaccinations and health surveillance to conducting and advising on health-related risk assessments.
- To ensure the physical and/or psychological fitness of employees so that they can carry out their job effectively. This aspect of occupational health and safety is particularly important in specialist or safety critical roles e.g. HGV drivers, pilots, firefighters, train drivers, offshore workers, blue light workers. Activities may also include drug and alcohol testing and new starter health assessments.
- To help manage both workplace and non-workplace ill health or injury issues effectively. Our occupational health and safety services include providing practicable return to work advice for physical and psychological health conditions along with advice regarding appropriate workplace adjustments and safeguards at an individual level.
- To work with and train managers/employees to recognise and effectively deal with workplace health issues that impact their working environment, organisation and sector.
- To improve the health and wellbeing of the entire workforce. This aspect of occupational health mutually benefits both employee and employer by tackling lifestyle related health deficits. Confronting these health deficits underpins fitness for task, promotes good attendance and performance. It equally reduces your workplace’s susceptibility to disease processes, both physical and psychological.
- In some settings to provide on-site health care, especially in high hazard or remote workplaces. This includes appropriate first aid assessment capability and competence, along with the provision of appropriate hardware and medicines.
We offer OH services to companies across the UK, including those in Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield, Glasgow, Southampton, Portsmouth, Leicester and Bristol.