Working in partnership with Jersey businesses to keep employees safe, healthy and effective.
What are the benefits of Occupational Health Services for my Organisation?
The evidence is clear: work is beneficial for health and wellbeing (1). Enhancing employee health leads to improved workforce productivity, improved business performance and ultimately a strong economy.
Occupational Health seeks to promote and maintain the physical, mental and social wellbeing of workers. It explores the effects of work on a person’s health and also the effects of a person’s health on their ability to work.
Occupational Health professionals provide independent advice to management and employees on preventing work-related ill health and injury, ensuring employees are fit to undertake their duties, improving working environments and cultures and optimizing the management and rehabilitation of affected workers.
Occupational Heath services also help organisations fulfil their statutory duties under Jersey employment legislation. Under the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law 1989, businesses of all sizes have a legal duty to ensure that the health and safety of employees and others, such as members of the public, is not adversely affected by their work activities. Dependant on the type of work being carried out, work activities may also be subject to additional Health and Safety Regulations and/or Approved Codes of Practice. The Discrimination (Disability) (Jersey) Regulations 2018 require employers to consider ‘reasonable adjustments’ to enable those with a disability to work effectively and safely. Furthermore, Occupational Health Professionals can advise on statutory health surveillance when workers may be exposed to hazardous substances under Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.
The following links summarize the benefits of Occupational Health services for business directors and commissioners, line managers and HR professionals and employees.
(1) Occupational Health: The Value Proposition. A Report from The Society of Occupational Medicine. May 2017.
Dr Simon Baker is an Occupational Health Physician and an Affiliating Diplomate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
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