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Occupational health management in the workplace is aimed at safety and health professionals. IOSH says it will provide them with the thinking and knowledge to assess whether their employers or clients are managing health risks sufficiently.
It contains an overview of occupational health, discusses why managing health at work is harder than managing safety, and highlights health checks and controls which can help with monitoring the health and wellbeing of workers.
The guide has been designed for use by businesses of all sizes. It contains checklists, flowcharts, templates and links to further resources to help professionals in their work.
Kate Field, Head of Information and Intelligence at IOSH, said:
"Health has, for a long time, been the Cinderella to safety. And as a result, ill health caused by work has cost individuals, business and public services billions of pounds a year.
"In addition, the hidden costs for the individual who has been made ill by work are incalculable -- not being able to play with their children, not being able to walk to the shops, and often a slow and painful death.
"However, things are changing -- health is now on the agenda, and businesses recognise that a healthy workplace is a happy and productive one.
"This guide provides guidance on understanding health risks in the workplace. It also offers guidelines on what businesses need to consider and do, and when they need to get expert help.
"The second part of the guide examines the aspects businesses need to consider when providing occupational health services. These services are important to effective health management, and yet navigating the complexities of providing them can be daunting, not to mention expensive.
"The guide takes you through some of the main issues to think about, whether you're providing the services in-house, or using an occupational health service provider."
The Institution has launched the new guide today, during Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week (17--21 October). The week features a variety of activities and promotional events aimed at enhancing everyone's understanding of health and wellbeing.
Kate said: "As a founder member of Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week, IOSH is putting the spotlight on health by supporting employers who want to raise the issue with their workforces, supply chains and wider communities.
"While the week encourages businesses to arrange workplace wellbeing activities to enhance employees' general physical and mental health, there's a strong focus on health risk management -- ensuring that employees are not made physically or mentally ill by their work.
"As well as launching the new guide, IOSH is also encouraging its staff to get involved by participating in a 6km run and a dress down day, to help raise funds for 'Breast Cancer Now' charity."
Developed by the Global Sustainability Standards Board – an independent standard-setting body – the GRI Standards are based on years of expert input from a diverse group of stakeholders.They represent global best practice for reporting on economic, environmental and social impacts, improving the quality and comparability of this information.As a GRI stakeholder council member, IOSH is encouraging its members to get involved with the GRI Standards, and there are a number of ways to do so:
The Roadmap is a voluntary action scheme which aims to share good practice between businesses across Europe to reduce workers exposure to cancer-causing substances.The scheme was launched at the ‘Preventing work-related cancer, conference on carcinogens’, hosted by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, in Amsterdam, earlier this year.
IOSH is supporting the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s (EU-OSHA) ‘Healthy Workplaces for All Ages’ campaign. The drive aims to raise awareness of the importance of good occupational health and safety management throughout people’s working lives and tailoring work to an individual’s abilities. It will also enable the exchange of information and good practice.Judith McNulty-Green, policy adviser at IOSH, gave a presentation on the scheme at a meeting of the East Anglia Branch.
Graham Parker says he wants to promote the acceptance of risk through robust control measures during his year in the post. He believes that “clear communication” is the key to successful safety and health management systems within businesses.The 50-year-old, of Shinfield, near Reading, said: “My year as IOSH President is based on a pragmatic approach with clear, honest communication that manages acceptable risk. Risk is not a bad word; it can be acceptable, as long as it is managed and the control elements are in place.
The Institution is backing the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s (EU-OSHA) campaign ‘Healthy workplaces for all ages’. The initiative aims to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing throughout people’s working lives, provide employers and employees with relevant information, and facilitate the exchange of good practice in this area.