When Medtronic decided to focus on the health and wellbeing of its employees, the results were surprising, says Gen Barron. Medtronic is a medical technology company with staff in more than 50 countries. Its core mission is "contributing to human wel More...01 March 2013 00:01
A Merseyside council has been fined after 29 employees were diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council after workers in its parks and leisure department wer More...03 February 2013 00:01
Manufacturing body the EEF is urging manufacturers to get a better handle on the requirements of the European REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) Regulations or face the prospect of unlimited fines - or even a prison sentence More...02 February 2013 00:01
A new wellbeing programme is helping to create a true team spirit in the workplace. Occupational Health magazine finds out how. Team building is nothing new - it has been talked about for years as a motivational tool for helping engender bu More...23 January 2013 00:01
Around 5% of all cancer deaths annually in the UK are caused by occupation-related disease. So what steps can employers take to help make sure their staff will not be the ones who are suffering?
Occupational cancers have been underestimated in More...23 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
Effective top-level management requires both empathy with staff and the ability to apply leadership theory to practice. Sarah Witwicka and Anne Harriss explain how this affects occupational health nurses.
Never has it been more important for occupat More...01 January 2013 09:01
A national survey of occupational health service users in the NHS makes positive reading for practitioners. Dr Sian Williams dissects the findings, which have lessons for OH advisers in other industry sectors.
Feedback from patients, rega 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
Promotion is not the only option for creating opportunities in the workplace. Tricia O'Neill, former group head of health for Centrica, summarises other potential pathways for career progression.
Career pathways are often considered linea More...01 December 2012 17:34
Revalidation of learning and practice will be an essential part of re-registration for nurses and midwives by 2014. Graham Johnson, clinical lead - nursing at Bupa Health and Wellbeing, looks at the requirements.
In the near future, More...01 December 2012 15:13
As the profession changes to accommodate legislation and industry requirements, the relevant training options must change too. Nic Paton reports.
The fit note, the possibility of a Fit for Work Service and/or an independent assessment service More...01 December 2012 12:44
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
Despite the weight of research demonstrating the positive difference wellbeing can make, most organisations still do not fully realise the potential of a well workforce. Reluctant chief executives and other budget holders, as well as sceptical employees More...07 November 2012 08:02
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
A recent gathering in Wales brought together GPs and occupational health teams to discuss the impact of fitness-for-work statements on sickness absence at various organisations. Occupational health practitioners provide their feedback on the event. 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