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What is Occupational Health?

The UK Centre for Health, Safety and Wellbeing and Centre for Stress Management in-house training programmes are to enhance the occupational health and wellbeing of employees. This type of training helps employees to recognise and tackle work-related stress and other risks to their physical and mental health. Improving the understanding of health and safety, and health in general, benefits both the organisation and the employee. But what is occupational health?

The Joint International Labour Organization (ILO) and World Health Organization (WHO) Committee on Occupational Health agreed a shared definition of occupational health at its first meeting in 1950 which was later revised at its twelfth session in 1995.

The definition states: “Occupational health should aim at the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations; the prevention amongst workers of departures from health caused by their working conditions; the protection of workers in their employment from risks resulting from factors adverse to health; the placing and maintenance of the worker in an occupational environment adapted to his physiological and psychological equipment and, to summarize: the adaptation of work to man and of each man to his job.”

(See http://www.searo.who.int/LinkFiles/Related_Links_2.pdf )

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