Mental illness and ill health took centre stage in a series of public health pronouncements from political figures during the autumn.
Most notably, in October Labour leader Ed Miliband unveiled plans to tackle mental illness should the party be elec More...26 November 2012 00:00
Smokers take an average of 2.7 more sick days each year than their non-smoking colleagues, and in the process cost UK businesses £1.4 billion in lost productivity. Research from the University of Nottingham , published in the journal Addiction, conc More...24 November 2012 00:01
Health checks causing stress Visiting a doctor for a general check-up or health "MOT" is unlikely to lead to the identification of a condition... More...23 November 2012 00:01
New recommendations on ensuring injection safety when treating diabetes have been published by the Workshop on Injection Safety in Endocrinology (WISE).
They have been drawn up to ensure the safety of patients, professionals and all people co More...23 November 2012 00:01
Sitting for long periods can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and even death, new research has suggested.
The Leicester and Loughborough universities' study also argued that harm is done even if those people who sit for long periods do More...22 November 2012 00:00
Stress is the number one health risk for British businesses, according to research from Group Risk Development, the trade body for the group risk industry.
The survey of more than 500 employers found that 21% considered stress and mental health issu More...21 November 2012 00:01
Line managers still tend to be the "gatekeepers" for absence recording in most organisations, latest research has argued.
The study of the use of triggers in managing absence carried out by XpertHR, Occupational Health's sister resource, poll More...21 November 2012 00:01
Occupational solvents and child development Many women who work during pregnancy are exposed to solvents at work, and a recent study suggests that the children of such women are more likely to have higher scores of attention deficit/hyperactivity and More...17 November 2012 00:00
As OH positions are cut in both the private and public sectors and the number of specialist trainee positions falls, the profession is facing a crisis of worrying proportions, Dr Richard Preece says.
There is truly a crisis in OH nursing and occupat More...02 November 2012 09:00
Workplace programmes aimed at decreasing hypertension could go quite a long way to improving employees' overall health, new research has suggested.
A study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine argued that worksite hypertension More...01 November 2012 09:00
OH challenges The Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health (PEROSH), a group of European research institutes, has published... More...01 November 2012 09:00
Sitting in a chair for long periods of time can be damaging to your body. Exercise physiologist Alex Sheldon explains how occupational health can help to minimise the associated risks using a few simple exercises.
Do humans need to physica More...01 November 2012 09:00
Private healthcare companies are developing consultancy services to ensure cost-effective solutions to workplace health issues. Through these consultancies, experts can support employers in deciding how to get the best value for money out of their inves More...01 November 2012 09:00
A new document from the Royal College of Nursing details the importance of wearing gloves in a healthcare environment. Diane Romano-Woodward examines what the guidance covers.
"My trust's policy says I have to wear gloves when taking blood pressure. More...01 November 2012 09:00
Effective supply chain management can have a positive knock-on effect on health and safety management in the workplace, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). A Cardiff University-commissioned study that focused on t More...30 October 2012 09:00
The construction industry's OH service Constructing Better Health (CBH) has removed audiometry and spirometry checks from its list of mandatory tests required for safety-critical workers. The move follows an analysis of industry feedback on what shou More...29 October 2012 09:00
Removing taxes on workplace health support could help to prevent as many as 3.8 million sickness absence days per year and save the UK economy £443 million, a leading private healthcare firm has said. In a report, Getting Britain fit for the recover More...26 October 2012 09:00
Despite the tough economic environment, employers remain committed to investment in occupational and workplace health, with nearly one-fifth having increased their wellbeing spend in the past year, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel More...25 October 2012 14:00
One European employee in 10 has missed work because of depression, equating to more than 21,000 working days being lost, with UK workers among the most depressed of any European country, a poll has suggested.
The Impact of depression in the workpla More...25 October 2012 12:15
Many people who develop work-related asthma are not being correctly diagnosed by their GP, with almost two-thirds never making a full recovery because of delays in being referred to a specialist adviser, according to research. A study in the journal More...24 October 2012 10:04