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Sedentary middle aged office workers' health

Sedentary middle-aged office workers’ health at risk

3 Aug 2017

Most middle-aged office staff now spend as much time sitting down as pensioners, research has suggested, and in the process...

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PHE blueprint for occupational health nurse education sets standards for future OH training

3 Jan 2017

Public Health England (PHE) has set out a new blueprint for occupational health nurse education, designed to respond to the...

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IES conference: the good, the bad and the plain daft in work and wellbeing

2 Jan 2017

The recent annual conference of the Institute for Employment Studies took place just after the health and disability Green Paper...

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Case study: work-aggravated asthma

25 Mar 2016

Work-aggravated asthma is associated with exposure to respiratory sensitisers, such as flour dust. Angela West and Anne Harriss discuss a...

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It isn’t just a rash: why managing skin exposure at work matters

21 Jul 2015

Managing skin exposure at work and the potential for it to cause damage to health is often considered to be...

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Sedentary workers told to spend two hours a day on their feet

1 Jul 2015

Sedentary workers should be encouraged to spend a minimum of two (but ideally four) hours on their feet every day,...

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Managing workplace fatigue

3 Jun 2015

In this article, Jane Coombs gives an introduction to the key issues and conditions raised by tiredness at work, the...

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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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