Employers have a legal obligation to safeguard the health and wellbeing of people at work, and those who may be affected by the work, eg visitors and contractors. There is no specific requirement in UK law for an employer to buy in or provide occupational health services. Instead, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to appoint competent persons to enable them to fulfil their statutory responsibilities.

This topic details the issues for employers to consider in managing the occupational health of employees.

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