The aim of occupational health is to prevent work-related illness and injury by:
- encouraging safe working practices;
- ergonomics (studying how you work and how you could work better);
- monitoring the health of the workforce;
- supporting the management of sickness absence.
An occupational health service might also:
- work with your employer to implement policies and ensure health and safety compliance;
- conduct pre-employment health assessments;
- support health promotion and education programmes;
- provide advice and counselling to employees around non-health-related problems;
- provide your employer with advice and guidance around making reasonable adjustments to your working conditions.