What is occupational health?

Occupational health is a specialist branch of healthcare which focuses on looking after the wellbeing of an individual, both physically and mentally, in the workplace.  It takes a preventive approach, with the aim of reducing work-related illnesses and injuries, by providing advice to both employers and employees about safe working practices.

What is the difference between occupational health and occupational therapy?

The main difference between occupational health and occupational therapy is their focus. On the whole, occupational health takes a preventive approach in an attempt to avoid potential work-related hazards, whereas occupational therapy seeks to improve individuals’ abilities to undertake everyday tasks which they may be struggling with because of a physical and/or psychological condition by using specific activities to help treat them in their recuperation.

What is an occupational health assessment?

An occupational health assessment, also referred to as a management referral or sickness absence referral, is a holistic health assessment undertaken by an occupational health professional.  The purpose of an assessment is to assess an individuals mental and physical health in relation to their job role and provide tailored recommendations regarding their capability to undertake that role.