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New report highlights the value of Occupational Health to businesses

The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) has released a new report highlighting the benefit of Occupational Health to businesses.

Occupational Health services have a clear value according to the report: they improve the health of workers, contribute to the prevention of work-related illness or injury and crucially prevent avoidable sickness absence through early intervention.

The report more widely praises Occupational Health’s role in protecting and revitalising the UK’s economy. In 2014-15, it was estimated that injuries and illness cost the UK economy £14.1 billion, whilst sickness absence in 2015-16 cost the state £14.5 billion in Employment and Support Allowance.

The document highlights the importance of choosing an Occupational Health provider that offers a variety of skills, where professionals work to their own specific competencies. This is a vital step to ensuring that Occupational Health interventions are cost-effective, leading to shorter pay-back periods for the service.

Litigation can be detrimental to a company’s reputation and bottom-line in cases where work-related illness or injury arises. A survey across 16 countries and many sectors suggests that production, transport and warehousing see the strongest benefit in Occupational Health interventions.

Office workers were also shown to benefit from ergonomic interventions, looking at seating and desk position. These cases are cost-effective whilst seeing a measurable impact on productivity and staff wellbeing.

You can download the report here.

If you would like to discuss any additional Occupational Health concerns you may have, please contact Alison Mackway – alison.mackway@wrightwayhealth.co.uk

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