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Occupational Health

Employers have a duty to protect the health of it employees by providing a safe place to work. This includes identifying hazards and eliminating, reducing and controlling any risks that if not properly managed could lead to a number of work related health conditions.
I an office environment work related health conditions may include;-

Musculoskeletal conditions
Includes repetitive strain injury and other related conditions. The users of display screen equipment may be a particular group of people at risk!

Headaches and eye strain
Possible causes could be from glare, poor office lighting installations. The users of display screen equipment may be a particular group of people at risk!

Hearing problems
Including acoustic shock from the use of telephone headsets. Call centre workers may be a particular group of people at risk!

Stress
Possible causes could be from inadequate job training, management support, unrealistic targets, work hours and breaks could also be a factor. shift workers may be a particular group of people at risk!

Back problems
Lifting and carrying of office equipment, furniture and supplies. Maintenance and IT staff may be a particular group of people at risk!

Skin Conditions
Use of chemicals in the office. Cleaning staff may be a particular group of people at risk!

Larger companies may contract the services of a specialist occupational health service provider or employ their own qualified occupational health nurse to proactively promote health and wellbeing amongst staff and provide support and guidance to employees experiencing work related health conditions. This will reduce the potential of days lost through I’ll health and accidents at work.

The role of an occupational health nurse may include;-
  • Promoting a work life balance
  • Health screening
  • Health assessments
  • Health monitoring
  • Training and awareness
  • Counseling and support
  • Risk management
  • Stress management
  • First Aid
  • Wellbeing activities


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Health and Work, Occupational Health Safety, Occupational Health Nurse, Occupational Nurse, Office Health, Office Workers