Occupational health: the value proposition

Occupational health: the value proposition | Society of Occupational Medicine

This report provides a narrative synthesis of the evidence from the scientific and wider literature to help illustrate and publicise the benefits that occupational health services provide to employees, employers and to the economy.  The report is aimed at policy makers and commissioners of services and will form the basis of summary leaflets for employers and workers and their representatives.

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One challenge is to overcome the view that occupational health services are a cost and do not contribute to the bottomline. However, occupational health services should be highly cost-effective provided that there is an effective skills mix; people work to their distinctive competencies and perform work that adds value.

Occupational health services improve the health of the working population, help prevent work-related illnesses, provide early interventions for those who develop a health condition thus preventing avoidable sickness absence and increase the efficiency and productivity of organisations.

Full report available here


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