The number of needlestick injuries that left healthcare workers exposed to blood-borne viruses has more than doubled in the past decade, according to statistics from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
It has calculated that, despite the NHS running More...09 January 2013 00:01
Walking and cycling need to become the norm for short journeys and more people need to be encouraged to keep fit by incorporating such activities into their everyday domestic and working lives, according to recommendations from the National Institute fo More...08 January 2013 00:01
Mental health and work
Taking steps to change the workplace environment and train managers on how to manage mental health issues at work can improve productivity and cut absence costs for employers, according to a new briefing from the Parliamentary More...08 January 2013 00:01
Four employers in 10 (38%) believe the fit note regime has been a significant step forward in how employers manage sickness absence, according to research published by XpertHR, Occupational Health magzine's sister HR resource.
This is a lower figure More...08 January 2013 00:01
In these times of market uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make sure employees are engaged. Dr Katie Tryon looks at how employers can use benefits to keep their staff happy.
Over the past decade, employers have become increasingly sophi More...08 January 2013 00:01
NHS trusts should appoint a board-level workplace health "champion" to lead and promote staff health and wellbeing, according to both the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. The Staff Health Improvement project was More...07 January 2013 00:01
Britons are too "stoic" about their health, with the result that they often delay reporting unusual symptoms or going to a doctor and so could be putting their health at risk, especially when it comes to diagnosing and treating conditions such as cancer More...06 January 2013 00:01
Hundreds of thousands of workers are forced to leave work or take early retirement because of a lack of support from their employers around musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), a new report has found. The study, published by think-tank The Work Foundati More...04 January 2013 00:01
Older men with stressful jobs and little power to make decisions are more likely to suffer with heart disease than their peers with less job strain, according to a study published in Occupational Medicine , the journal of the Society of Occupationa More...03 January 2013 00:01
More than half a million people with cancer are currently in the workforce, contributing £16 billion each year to the economy, figures that could rise to one million individuals and £29 billion by 2030, according to the latest research from Oxford Econo More...02 January 2013 00:01
Proposals for dealing with drug driving in the same way as drink driving have implications for employers, including safety, policies and insurance, writes Mark Burrup.
If the Crime, Communications and Court Bill being considered by Parliament More...01 January 2013 09:00
A research project has developed a method to identify factors that can damage the wellbeing of employees and have far-reaching effects on the performance of organisations. Hamish Moore reports. Work is an essential part of life. The term "Protestant More...01 January 2013 09:00
Most occupational health practitioners will face having to make a convincing argument to the budget setters for adequate resourcing of their department. Patricia Southworth offers some tips on how to get the best deal. Few occupational health profess More...01 January 2013 09:00
More than one million employees now have access to OH services delivered by providers accredited through the Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) system. SEQOHS is managed by the Royal College of Physicians on behalf of the F More...01 January 2013 00:01
Travelling for business has similar risks as travelling for leisure, but an employer must consider additional safety and financial issues. Gael Somerville, regional nurse manager at travel health specialist MASTA , explains.
Occupational tra More...01 December 2012 14:34
In the season of holiday cheer, the Government's offerings for the medical profession aren't exactly designed to get us in the spirit of the times, says Dr Richard Preece.
The Government announced two seasonal gifts this year for medicine and nursin More...30 November 2012 00:01
The number of work-related deaths, injuries and instances of ill health fell slightly in Britain in the past financial year, but, conversely, the number of working days lost to illness and injury rose, according to latest figures from the Health and Saf More...29 November 2012 00:01
The Department of Health (DH) has issued guidance for employers on the adjustments they could consider making to support an employee with a mental health condition. The guidance includes a range of practical advice and tips for employers, as well a More...29 November 2012 00:01
The harsh economic climate, austerity-related job cuts and job-loss fears among those still in work are all having a real impact on the health and wellbeing of workers, trade union body the TUC has warned.
The top safety concerns cited by union safe More...28 November 2012 00:01
The consultation on plans to remove the requirement for first aid training providers to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is set to close in the next few days. The proposal, to amend the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (1 More...27 November 2012 00:01