This part of the Good Practice Exchange provides guidance for public services when setting up an occupational health service. It sets out the business benefits, some useful links to other relevant sources of information and examples of good practice.
For employees and employers, there is increasing evidence that working is generally good for health.
Effective occupational health services can improve employee health, wellbeing and business performance. A 2004 study concluded that investment in workplace health promotion can bring about cost savings of £10 for every £1 spent.
Good practice in the provision of occupational health services is also covered in our guide to managing sickness absence.