Is the provision of health and medical services by the employer at the place of work. In large companies, it is common to have an occupational health centre with full-time medical staff and smaller companies sometimes band together to provide group occupational health services. The original purposes of occupational health were to identify and control work-related injuries and diseases and reduce time lost through absenteeism. Additionally, however, it may be used to promote the general health and well-being of the workforce, and many organizations, in agreement with trade unions, have established ‘well man’ and ‘well woman’ clinics that provide health checks and advice on healthy living. [See health education, stress management, and well-being.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.