Expert help on overcoming injury absence

Rehabilitation after injury in the workplace will be the subject of seminars to be held at Cardiff, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

The move follows the launch in the summer of the Government’s strategy, Revitalising Health and Safety, which suggested laws requiring employers to have a rehabilitation policy. The Health & Safety Commission has also launched an occupational health strategy setting targets for getting people back to work.

An estimated 18 million working days a year are lost because of workplace injuries and illnesses, at a cost to employers of £11bn.

The seminars will take place this month and in December, with speakers including Henry McLeish, Scotland’s First Minister and former Scottish minister for enterprise and lifelong learning, health minister John Hutton and Edwina Hart, the Welsh Finance Assembly’s finance secretary.

They will also examine how rehabilitation can help meet the Government’s targets of a 20 per cent reduction in the incidence of work-related ill health and a 30 per cent drop in days off.

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