Tags: Occupational health

New return-to-work service opens to employers

From today, all employers across England and Wales will be able to refer employees facing long-term sickness into the new support service, known as Fit for Work. Designed to help working people who face lengthy sickness absence return to work, Fit for Work provides the services of occupational health professionals to employed people if they…

The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) has welcomed government plans to review sickness absence and the effect it has on British businesses. In a new survey carried out by CIPD and private healthcare firm Simplyhealth, the average number of days taken off work each year due to ill health was found to be…

Inspections are a key part of health and safety regulation, according to a representative from the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH). Dr Luise Vassie, head of research and technical services at the organisation, explained that they can help businesses to be more efficient by pointing out the areas of operations that may need…

Launched this month, the Globe of Honour will celebrate the top performers, those organisations that go way beyond compliance with the law, and strive for best practice in all areas of environmental management. This field continues to have deep resonance with businesses facing the twin challenges of climate change and recession. Businesses must look at…

A Cornwall development company has been fined £4,500 for failing to undertake a survey for the presence of dangerous asbestos fibres at a demolition site in Perranporth. Norwegian Homes Limited was responsible for demolishing the former Cellar Cover Hotel at Droskyn Point, in Perranporth in July 2006, which was being converted into guesthouses and holiday…

In the build up to his presentation at September’s Stress Prevention & Mental Wellbeing Forum, Guy Hollebon, Director and Head of Employment at Bevans, offers insights into managing sickness absence through answering what sort of policies should we have in place, what to do when advice from the GP and Occupation Health conflict, how to…

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health have released a report suggesting that people with mental health problems do not have to be completely recovered to return to work as getting back into their job can help recovery. People with depression and anxiety should be offered specialist support to return to work as well as psychological…

The website Doctors- notestore.com is brazenly selling false versions of the new fit notes which are described as “authentic looking replica doctors sick note or medical certificates. Written on official doctors’ notepaper, with real stamp.” This causes concern because, although the website claims the documents are “for novelty use only”, workers could try to use…

New research suggests that more than half of health and safety managers are now responsible for managing environmental issues at work. During April and May of this year NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) analysed one hundred job adverts for health and safety management roles. Salaries for the positions advertised ranged…

A new 360 degree study of UK businesses and their employees suggests that the majority of UK employees (78%) would be prepared to jeopardise their long term health by returning to work from sickness absence before they’re 100% fit. By contrast, just 22% said they would never be prepared to sacrifice their health in order…

As the political parties fight for our attention at this week’s Election, a key theme has emerged from the main party manifestos to encourage leaders from the health and safety profession. It’s a theme that featured prominently in the manifesto of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), launched last Spring. It’s the drive…

Almost one in three European workers (29%) would prefer their government not to raise the national retirement age, and would be happy to have less income in retirement. This is according to a new survey carried out by Aon Consulting, an employee risk and benefits management firm. This research is part of the Aon Consulting…

People off work sick will get the support they need to get back to work earlier, as new guidance is launched this week. The introduction of the fit note, in place of the traditional sick note, is set to cut the cost of sick leave for employers. It is expected to benefit the British economy…