Occupational health is about the effect of work on our health and about making sure that you are fit for the work that you do. An additional aim is to ensure that work premises are safe for employees and visitors and that accidents are prevented wherever possible.
North Yorkshire County Council offers two kinds of occupational therapy service – social and health. More information is available on their website.
When an illness is caused by work, or when there has been a serious injury, an employer has to report this to the enforcing authority, which is either the District Council or the Health and Safety Executive ( HSE ). Please see the Reporting of Injuries and Dangerous Diseases Occurrences Regulations on how to report an accident or illness.
The HSE will be able to advise employers and employees on the health and safety legislation. The HSE Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) can also provide advice relating to health issues associated with employment.
The HSE also produces a large range of publications and booklets, many of which are free of charge. These can be ordered by telephone or via their website.