New “alliance” aims to link employers with occupational health providers

A new workplace health advocacy, networking and knowledge-sharing “alliance” is set to be launched in February, bringing together organisations working across OH, health and safety, mental health, rehabilitation and wellbeing.

The Better Health at Work Alliance will be a pan-industry body designed to offer free guidance and toolkits to employers, but also to raise awareness of the benefits of investing in workplace health and wellbeing more generally. It will act as a platform to link employers to workplace health specialists, as well as offer employers and other interested parties access to a range of open discussion groups and forums and peer-reviewed “wikis”.

The new body has been set up by Charlotte Cross, former manager for the Commercial Occupational Health Providers’ Association, and already includes a number of OH providers as members.

Cross said: “Making workplace health services simpler to understand and easy to find is a long overdue essential for our industry. For employers seeking help, the alliance is an easy way to find solutions and guidance.”

Mark Braithwaite, managing director of Gipping Occupational Health, one of the founder members, added: “As working environments now demand so much more from us all, it’s excellent to have effective solutions made readily available, providing employers with access to so many ideas to help them thrive and stay competitive.”

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