Occupational health is not a slice of the organisational cake that stays in
isolation, so its focus should always be on the well being of the whole
organisation. So said George Prentice, HR director of the FiberComposites
Division of Alstom Ltd.
In his presentation, ‘Working together in Partnership’, Prentice told
delegates that no aspect of an organisation can function without impacting on
all the other parts, which is equally true of OH. To make an impact, it must
move from a prescriptive to an interventionist role.
Moving to an interventionist role may not be easy, he warned, as management
is often resistant to change. But occupational health is now an integral part
of the management process, and must give input with its own perspective for the
good of the entire organisation.