Tags: Occupational health

Occupational health professionals have welcomed the government’s review into the health of the working-age population. The Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine says the review will help people to get better access to occupational health services. According to the authority, those at the highest risk of work-related problems do not have access to help. The…

High workloads are the biggest grievance of almost half of UK employees, according to a new survey by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The union found that 46 per cent of employees believe their workload is too heavy and is causing them problems. Of these, 23 per cent said their level of work was leading…

The government should offer tax breaks to employers offering good-quality rehabilitation services designed to help the long-term sick return to work. This is the view of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which claims such a move would boost the provision of these services. At present they are only offered by 48 per…

Almost exactly a year since the imposition of the smoking ban in England, a trade body has commended its success. According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the ban has worked because the law was backed by strong and simple regulation. Commenting on the development, general secretary of the congress Brendan Barber said: "It was…

Bosses are putting other business concerns ahead of worker safety, according to a survey of employees carried out by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Just seven per cent of those surveyed said that they believed their boss placed worker health and safety as their main concern, with 14 per cent claiming that…

Timed to coincide with Workers’ Memorial Day, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on organisations in the UK to provide staff with better occupational health assistance. According to the industry body, every year, two million workers believe they become ill as a result of their jobs. In order to tackle this phenomenon, the TUC…

With this week (April 21st-26th) representing Depression Awareness Week, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has taken the opportunity to highlight the issue of mental ill health at work. According to research conducted by the organisation in 2006, poor mental health is the second largest cause of lost time due to sickness absence…

Ill health is costing Britain around £100 billion each year, according to the findings of a new report. Conducted by Dame Carol Black, the Working for a Healthier Tomorrow review recommends that, in order to reduce this hefty toll, urgent and comprehensive reforms concerning health and work need to be instituted. She stated: "For most…

The Trades Union Congress has spoken out in praise of the publication of a work, health and well-being report conducted by Dame Carol Black. Responding to the suggestions made in the document, the congress stated it agrees that more needs to be done to encourage people on long-term benefits back into the labour market. "In…

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called on the government to introduce tax incentives as part of an occupational health initiative. Under the institution’s proposals, tax breaks would be implemented for therapies such as physiotherapy as a means of helping employees to return to and remain in work. According to the IOSH,…