The Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 (as amended) places a duty on employers to safeguard the health and wellbeing of people at work. Occupational health (OH) is a branch of healthcare concerned with preventing ill health at work and dealing with health issues caused by work. There is no specific requirement in UK law for an employer to buy in or provide occupational health services. However, the provision of occupational health advice and support is considered by many to be an important element in the running of any business.

This topic looks at the key elements of occupational health service provision. This applies to all organisations, even SMEs.

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