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Guides and FAQ's

Occupational health is a field of medicine focused on the health and safety of people in the workplace. It involves the identification and control of workplace hazards that can lead to injury, illness, or other negative health outcomes.


Occupational health services are an important part of workplace safety and can help to prevent injuries and illnesses in workers, check out some of our handy guides, tips and FAQ's below.

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What is occupational health?

Occupational health is interested in the effect of work on health and that of health on work.


Employers are required by law to prevent physical and mental ill health in workers that may occur because of business activities.

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What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is a concept that recognizes and celebrates the natural variations in human brain function and behaviour. It suggests that there is no such thing as a “normal” or “typical” brain, and that different ways of thinking and processing information are not necessarily deficiencies, but rather part of the natural diversity of the human population.

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What is a safety critical medical?

Under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, employers have a duty of care to prevent the ill-health of their workers; In our latest blog, Insight Workplace Health takes an in depth look at Safety Critical Medicals.


Spirometry FAQs 

Depending upon the industry occupation in which you work, the workplace risk assessment and method statement (RAMS) regarding respiratory health and upon your workplace COSHH risk assessment, or where there has been a diagnosed case of occupational asthma, it may be necessary for your staff to undergo periodic respiratory health surveillance.

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What is a workplace needs assessment?

A Workplace Needs Assessment or Neurodiversity Assessment is a more specialist occupational health service, used to identify any adjustments needed in order for a neurodiverse employee to fulfil the responsibilities of their role


When should I refer an employee to occupational health?

At Insight Workplace Health we aim to transition the employee back into the workplace as smoothly and seamlessly as possible following, here we look at when you should be referring an employee to occupational health,

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A Guide to Occupational Skin Disease

Occupational skin disease may be caused by exposure to a physical, chemical, or biological substances or repetitive mechanical force and lead to temporary skin irritation or permanent skin damage.

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A Guide to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are one of the leading causes of absence from work and employers have a legal duty to avoid potentially hazardous manual handling tasks in the workplace.

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Why does my business need occupational health?

As a business owner or employer, ensuring the health and safety of your workforce is of utmost importance. Occupational health plays a crucial role in creating a safe and productive work environment.


Workstation, Ergonomic & Vehicle Assessments

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and work-related upper limb disorders (WRULD) are a major cause of long-term sickness absence in the UK.

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Audiometry FAQs

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) require employers to reduce the risk of exposure to noise in the workplace for all employee which may be due to use of machinery, tools, weapons, or the environment.

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Biological Monitoring in occupational health

Biological monitoring is a method of chemical exposure assessment of toxic compounds, elements, or their metabolites, in biological substances.


Occupational Health Case Conferences

A case conference is a face to face, or virtual, meeting between the employee (and trusted friend or union representative if requested), an Occupational Health (OH) professional, the line manager and an HR representative.


FAQs About GP or Consultant Reports

Occupational health clinicians (nurses or physicians) may feel it is appropriate to contact your GP or Consultant to better understand your current physical and/or mental health and any previous or ongoing treatment which you may be currently receiving and for a better understanding of the likely duration of any recovery if known.


Driver Medicals

Ensuring that employees are fit to undertake all driving duties in their role is essential for the health and wellbeing of employees, customers, and the public.


Wellness Action Plans (WAP)

Wellness Action Plans (WAP) are individual, evidence-based, pro-active tools for supporting

individuals with their mental health and encouraging open dialogue about mental health and its impact between employer and employee.


A guide to ill-health retirement

If you are unable to work due to ill health, your employer will need to seek advice from an independent occupational health physician (OHP) as to whether to proceed with the ill health retirement process.


The different types of occupational health assessment

At Insight Workplace Health our occupational health clinicians undertake a wide variety of occupational health assessments to ensure that employees are fit to undertake all aspects of their role in the workplace.

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What is a discovery audit?

A Discovery Audit is a workplace visit, undertaken at the request of the employer, by an experienced occupational health clinician for the purposes of exploring the occupational health and safety issues in the workplace and providing the employer with clear guidance as to how the hazards can be managed effectively to meet the relevant health and safety legislation. 

The different types of occupational health assessment

At Insight Workplace Health our occupational health clinicians undertake a wide variety of occupational health assessments to ensure that employees are fit to undertake all aspects of their role in the workplace.

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