What is Occupational Health

What is Occupational Health

Occupational health is a specialist branch of medicine focusing on health in the workplace. Occupational Health is concerned with the effects of work on health and the effects of health on work. It focuses on both the physical and mental well-being of employees.

Spirit Occupational Health Service works towards providing a wide range of services to minimise health problems for employees and reduce costs to employers from ill health.

Effective preventative occupational health strategies are particularly important given the diverse range of hazards in the workplace, the risks they pose to health and the diversity of working environments associated with work activities undertaken by businesses.

Occupational health is also necessary to assist individuals with injuries or medical conditions to remain at work or return to work gradually after a period of absence. Occupational health is also there to advise employers on those individuals with disabilities to obtain work by providing bespoke advice at pre-employment.

Spirit Occupational Health Service provides independent specialist medical advice to employers and employees. To carry out our role we undertake medicals for new starters and existing employees and monitor the health of employees through tailored made health surveillance programmes.

What is health surveillance?

Health surveillance is collecting and using information about workers’ health, related to the substances they use and work activities they perform.

  • It helps prevent Asthma developing by detecting the early signs of the disease through respiratory health surveillance and questionnaire (testing lung function)
  • It helps prevent noise induced hearing loss by detecting early signs of deterioration in  hearing through audiometric surveillance and questionnaire (hearing tests)
  • It helps prevent Dermatitis by detecting early signs of poor skin condition from skin surveillance/examination and questionnaire (skin hydration monitoring)
  • It helps prevent hand arm vibration syndrome by detecting early signs of vascular (circulatory) and sensorineural (nerve) impairment in the fingers and hands from HAVS surveillance and questionnaire (grip strength measurements, blood pressure, pulse)
  • It helps prevent work related upper limb disorders by detecting early signs of vascular (circulatory), sensorineural (nerve) and muscular impairment in the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers from surveillance and questionnaire (grip strength measurements, blood pressure, pulse)

Typical compensation for health problems per case:

  • Occupational Asthma: £2,750 to £36,000
  • Occupational Noise Induced hearing loss: £4,000 to £60,000
  • Occupational Dermatitis: £2,500 to £20,000
  • Occupational Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome: £5,000 to £24,000
  • Occupational Work Related Upper Limb Disorders: £1,500 to £20,000

These compensation costs could be avoided by providing bespoke occupational health services for your company.