The challenge ahead for occupational health: Green Paper due out

A significant “Green Paper” is expected shortly reflecting recent joint working between the Department of Health and the Department of Work & Pensions to address the needs of the working age population. The last ten years has seen a series of formal reviews highlighting the high cost of ill health amongst those of working age […]

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New Framework for use of E Cigarettes in the Workplace

Advance Notice – Public Health England’s New Framework for Use of E Cigarettes in the Workplace and Public Spaces Public Health England (PHE) have advised us that they will launch a new framework in early July to help businesses understand the safe use of e-cigarettes (vaping) in the workplace and public spaces. 2.8 million people […]

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Businesses can play a role in unburdening our already busy GP’s

It is now vital for employers and employees to recognise the benefits of acting early and working together to support an early return to work following an absence. Introducing an easier or longer sick certification to ease our already too busy GP’s is most definitely the wrong course. Media articles have picked up the debate […]

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Time for Business to Engage in Public Health

With local councils gaining powers over business rates and public health spending, Dr Steve Boorman at Empactis explores the likely knock-on effects for businesses and how they can best benefit from the change. As part of the Government’s 2015 spending review, it has pledged to ‘consult on options to fully fund local authorities’ public health […]

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Ticking Public Health Bomb Means now is the time for employers to make a change

Following the festive period, many people are just about getting back to the normal routine, whilst grappling with a mix of post-Christmas and winter blues – all of which can have an impact on absence, engagement and productivity in the workforce. More positively January offers the opportunity to reflect on the past year and prepare […]

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Sickness Absence: As A Business Leader Are You Seeing The Whole Truth?

The contentious issue of sickness absence is rarely out of the news and for good reason – it’s an absolute profit destroyer for both the private and public sectors. Last month, a report published by The HSE revealed the annual cost of sickness to the wastage industry is £70m – that’s a lot of wastage […]

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