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Occupational Health : Principles – Quick Facts

Published by Safety Net Team

February 14, 2022

Employers have a legal obligation to safeguard the health and wellbeing of people at work, and those who may be affected by the work, eg visitors and contractors. There is no specific requirement in UK law for an employer to buy in or provide occupational health services. Instead, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to appoint competent persons to enable them to fulfil their statutory responsibilities.

This topic details the issues for employers to consider in managing the occupational health of employees.

  • Employers must address occupational health, as well as safety, in the workplace under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
  • Occupational health is involved with  the effects of work on health, the prevention of occupational disease, work rehabilitation and return to work after illness or absence, and assistying the disabled to access work.
  • Medical information is deemed to be confidential to the individual and his or her medical advisor, and employers do not have an automatic right to know an employee’s medical diagnosis or treatment regime. Confidentiality and Occupational Health.
  • Employers may need to obtain specialist advice to enable them to effectively assess and manage the occupational health risks within their business. Occupational Health Support.
  • The exact services provided will depend on the risks, the numbers of personnel involved, and the nature of the business.

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