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2601, 2013

Stressed or happy – you decide

By |January 26th, 2013|

Once again the world of work and in particular the world of workplace journalism has thrown up a massive contradiction.  HR Review in its article Happiness levels in the workplace have increased  state that according [...]

1401, 2013

Age, health and employment

By |January 14th, 2013|

A couple of HR Review posts last week discussed the ageing workforce and a pair of studies indicating that we are rather dismissive of our older colleagues – although  as someone just shy of a [...]

801, 2013

Is occupational health antisocial?

By |January 8th, 2013|

In an interesting article for the BBC, “Will digital addition clinics be big in 2013?”,  Nic Newman gives seven trends to look out for this year.  Newman reports that social media and mobile technology will [...]

801, 2013

A tip for the Myth Busters.

By |January 8th, 2013|

As someone not directly in the elf ‘n safety business but certainly on the fringes of it, I have been a keen follower of the Health and Safety Executive’s Myth Busters Challenge Panel.  Set up [...]

1112, 2012

Common health surveillance you should consider

By |December 11th, 2012|

A few weeks ago I published a blog providing an introduction to health surveillance giving the principles that should be followed when identifying risks in the workplace and whether employees should be assessed for [...]

412, 2012

When America sneezes……..

By |December 4th, 2012|

  According to the Medscape article Flu Season Gets an Early Start, CDC says,  the US could be in for a bad year.  At a Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) telebriefing yesterday, [...]

2211, 2012

Would you employ a bloke with one eye?

By |November 22nd, 2012|

A while ago, I came across the case of a CCTV operator who went on a training course and just happened to mention that he only had one working eye. His job was to look [...]

1711, 2012

Therapist, Adviser, Nurse or what?

By |November 17th, 2012|

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are gradually creeping into the Occupational Health (OH) profession.  When you look at the job title, it makes perfect sense but in the UK, OTs have generally been engaged in helping the [...]

1611, 2012

The four rules of absence management.

By |November 16th, 2012|

There is an old saying that goes “look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.”  Absence is the same.  If you manage the individual absentees fairly, reasonably but closely, then the overall absence total [...]

1211, 2012

Confidentiality in the occupational health setting

By |November 12th, 2012|

This article is taken from my book The Health at Work Guide to Life Like any health professional, Occupational Health Advisers, Physicians and associated professions are bound by strict rules that govern their practice.  An [...]

911, 2012

Time out

By |November 9th, 2012|

Piers Morgan likened his appointment to Editor of the Daily Mirror at the age of 29 to being a kid presented with the biggest train set you could imagine.  I took a similar, although downgraded view [...]

311, 2012

Happiness, maths and recruitment

By |November 3rd, 2012|

A recent RSS feed from HR Review ( discussed an article about Happiness.  I decided to go to the source and found that every quarter Office Angels ( carry out some research to find out [...]

3110, 2012

Asbestos and latency

By |October 31st, 2012|

I first came across asbestos related disease in my earliest days of nursing.  I was an auxiliary nurse on a male medical ward – an accidental job that led to an accidental career, which occasionally [...]

2610, 2012

Do you employ people or clones?

By |October 26th, 2012|

I am often asked to see employees with musculoskeletal problems.  As with all occupational health services, they make up about a third of my referrals.  However I have noticed a recent trend. On four occasions [...]

2610, 2012

Today we die

By |October 26th, 2012|

If you and your colleagues turned up for work one morning, what would you do if your supervisor came in and said this? “Right folks, today we are going to do something seriously crass and [...]

1610, 2012

An Introduction to Health Surveillance

By |October 16th, 2012|

Health surveillance is any activity which involves obtaining information about employees' health and which helps protect employees from health risks at work.   Ideally it should be identified in the risk assessment process.  It is important [...]

110, 2012

Early management of back pain

By |October 1st, 2012|

Most back pain is not due to any serious disease and usually improves within a few days or couple of weeks.  If you are affected by back pain, what you do in the early stages [...]

101, 2012

Happier and healthier after a recession?

By |January 1st, 2012|

The picture is clear.  Most of the world is broke and hasn’t a penny to scratch its arse with.  The western world has been living beyond its means for 30 years and will bump along the bottom [...]

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