Health surveillance

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: 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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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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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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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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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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Noise risk assessment: Setting up and running a hearing surveillance programme

11 Feb 2014

Exposure to workplace noise can cause permanent hearing damage and even deafness. Susanna Everton explains how noise is an ideal...

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Investigation underlines need for accurate medical records

7 Jan 2014

A recent investigation into record-keeping at a large NHS trust highlights the importance of having adequate safe custody measures in...

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