Occupational Health: A Practical Guide for Managers examines the reasons why employers should address the health of their workforce. It explores the implication that health issues have for bottom line performance and offers guidelines for developing an effective occupational health policy and associated procedures. The authors are both senior professionals in the field and have a wealth of industrial experience to draw on. They have used their first-hand knowledge to produce a practical introduction to occupatioal health which includes the latest legislative requirements and current recommended practice. Material is presented in an easy-to-read, non-technical format, making the book particularly useful to the reader with no previous knowledge of the field. Short executive summaries at the beginning of each chapter highlight key action points for quick reference, while a more extensive reference section at the end of the book signposts the way to detailed information on specific issues. The book is in four parts.
Part one provides an introduction to the history and scope of occupational health, discusses contemporary practice and looks at the legal and organizational factors involved. Part two examines the some of the most common issues in occupational health, including stress management, anti-smoking policies and health promotion. Specific considerations surrounding the employment of women and people with disabilities are dealt within part three. The final part offers a practical approach to two key aspects of health and safety legislation: regulations relating to Display Screen Equipment and the Manual Handling of Loads. Occupational Health: A Practical Guide for Managers is essential reading for occupational health practitioners and all professionals involved in making and implementing health and safety policy. It is also an extremely useful resource for students seeking to gain an understanding of health issues in the workplace.