Many occupational health
professionals are disillusioned with the profession, according to a survey by
Personnel Today’s sister magazine Occupational Health.
Forty three per cent of
respondents claim that occupational health is not given enough priority in
their company, and 40 per cent claim that their lack of status within their
organisation is reducing their job satisfaction.
In the survey of 457 OH
professionals, many felt undervalued, unappreciated and misunderstood by their
One respondent said,
“I’m seen only to keep employees in work and hand out plasters and
paracetamols. It is very difficult for managers to see the need for noise/dust
monitoring, screening and so on.”