Health promotion in the workplace

Steve Boorman and Ian Banks

in Fitness for Work

Fifth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199643240
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191755668 | DOI:

Series: Landmark Papers

Health promotion in the workplace

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This chapter aims to provide a summary of the development of modern approaches to health promotion in the workplace, illustrated by a number of case studies from UK businesses active in this area. The workplace is an effective forum for health promoting activities and the examples highlight that careful planning and targeting may increase the likelihood of success. Many employers expect such programmes to have high cost, or be difficult to organiseize, but the increasing resources available from third -sector and public health programmes may be accessed by partnership approaches to deliver high- quality programmes, with minimal cost. Comprehensive occupational health should encompass prevention and health promotion, within the continuum ranging from pro-active health support to more reactive intervention to address injury or illness.

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Subjects: Occupational Medicine ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Occupational Therapy

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