Health surveillance

A PHE paper prompts OH educators on  multi-disciplinary education, high-quality clinical placements and course content

PHE blueprint for occupational health nurse education sets standards for future OH training

Public Health England (PHE) has set out a new blueprint for occupational health nurse education, designed to respond to the...

Are some complementary therapies used in work and wellbeing programmes  just  “plain daft”, despite their widespread use?

IES conference: the good, the bad and the plain daft in work and wellbeing

2 Jan 2017

The recent annual conference of the Institute for Employment Studies took place just after the health and disability Green Paper...

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Spirometry can form part of health surveillance for work-aggravated asthma, together with a respiratory questionnaire

Case study: work-aggravated asthma

25 Mar 2016

Work-aggravated asthma is associated with exposure to respiratory sensitisers, such as flour dust. Angela West and Anne Harriss discuss a...

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It isn’t just a rash: why managing skin exposure at work matters

21 Jul 2015

Managing skin exposure at work and the potential for it to cause damage to health is often considered to be...

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sedentary workers

Sedentary workers told to spend two hours a day on their feet

1 Jul 2015

Sedentary workers should be encouraged to spend a minimum of two (but ideally four) hours on their feet every day,...

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fatigue at work

Managing workplace fatigue

3 Jun 2015

In this article, Jane Coombs gives an introduction to the key issues and conditions raised by tiredness at work, the...

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Drug-testing

Is drug and alcohol workplace testing an occupational health issue?

27 Apr 2015

Drug and alcohol testing in the workplace is a contentious issue that has moved up the HR agenda in recent...

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eyecare at work

Eyecare at work: eyes are the windows to employee health

27 Apr 2015

Many medical conditions can be detected through routine eye examinations, which are obligatory for the vast majority of employees under...

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dermatitis

NHS trust occupational health team fails to prevent dermatitis among staff

30 Mar 2015

An NHS trust has been fined for failing to prevent or even monitor at least 23 cases of dermatitis among ...

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skin problems at work

How to find the cause of skin problems at work

19 Feb 2015

When employees develop skin problems at work, they usually believe that there is a simple explanation as to the cause....

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Water: the hidden enemy of our skin in a working environment

2 Dec 2014

Everyone’s skin will be exposed to chemicals in the course of their work, irrespective of the nature of their occupation....

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employee-health

NHS boss backs tax breaks for employers spending on employee health

21 Nov 2014

There would be “merit” in offering employers incentives in return for them providing approved workplace health programmes for their employees,...

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Case study: Lessons from a health-needs assessment

5 Jun 2014

Occupational health adviser Clare Tregoning looks at the benefits of undertaking a health-needs assessment.
A health needs assessment provides the...

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drugs

The importance of a robust drugs and alcohol policy

3 Mar 2014

Employers cannot shy away from the issue of workplace drug and alcohol abuse. Joanna Lennon takes a look at why...

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Under surveillance: an extract from Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing

26 Feb 2014

In the second of two extracts from the textbook Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing, Susanna Everton discusses the legal underpinning of...

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