Occupational Health: news in brief

Poor eyesight concern


More than half of employers worry their staff may be putting themselves at risk by driving for work with poor eyesight. A poll by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, found more than eight out of 10 employers thought it “very important” for staff who drove to have regular eye tests, yet nearly two thirds had no policy on it and just 13% offered an annual test.


Keep fit to avoid cancer


Physically active women are 25% less likely to get breast cancer, but certain groups are more likely to reap such benefits than others, research published online ahead of appearing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has concluded. Lean women who played sport or undertook other physical activity, especially post-menopause, had the lowest risk of breast cancer.


Incapacity benefit falls


The government’s effort to wean people off incapacity benefit and back into work may be starting to pay off. Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, published in May, suggested the number of people claiming key out-of-work benefit had fallen by 141,000 over the past year.


TUC launches OH guide


The TUC has published a new educational workbook, Occupational Health: Dealing with the Issues, to help union representatives get more involved in OH issues. Its publication coincided with Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April, which this year focused on good occupational health for all employees.

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