Why does occupational health matter?
Health surveillance: protecting your employees.
Health surveillance will be required if your employees are at risk from:
- Noise or vibration
- Solvents, dusts, fumes, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health
- Asbestos, lead or work in compressed air
- Ionising radiation.
Health surveillance in these circumstances is statutory and you cannot opt out. It can help make sure that any ill health effects are detected as early as possible.
The business case
Leading companies that connect health and productivity strategies to business objectives report employee health improvements, lower costs, reduced work loss and higher productivity.
These are also linked to significant competitive and financial advantages, including higher revenues per employee and total shareholder return. It is appropriate to view employee health as a social investment to be leveraged rather than a cost to be justified.