Useful resources

Whatever your interest in work and health, the following resources may be useful to you.

British Occupational Health Research Foundation

The British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF) provides free access to several useful research project findings on their website http://www.bohrf.org.uk/.

Health and Safety Executive

Occupational Health provision on the Olympic Park and athletes’ village.  HSE Final report.

The construction of the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village was an enormous job, with the site extending over 500 acres of formerly mixed-use land, and involving an estimated 30,000 workers.

In order to ensure that the health of workers was protected throughout their time working on the project, a comprehensive, preventative occupational health service was established and offered to all contractors free of charge. This report examines the work of this service using a range of data from contractors, workers and the occupational health providers themselves.

The service provides an example of what good practice can look like in assisting contractors to both meet their legal obligations and also take a more informed and involved approach to workplace health management. It was viewed as one of the best occupational health services that has been in operation on a major construction site to date in the UK. The report details examples of how the service worked, and what contractors and workers valued about it.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE or ODA policy.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr921.pdf

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) resources

  • Rehabilitation guide – “A healthy return: good practice guide to rehabilitating people at work”, www.iosh.co.uk/guidance
  • Wellbeing guide – “Working well: guidance on promoting health and wellbeing at work”, www.iosh.co.uk/guidance
  • Occupational Health Toolkit (covering MSDs, stress, inhalation problems and skin disorders), www.ohtoolkit.co.uk

Occupational Hygiene (OH) Learning (Occupational hygiene training and qualifications)

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) is a partner in an international scheme to improve training and practice in occupational hygiene. The scheme builds on the long established BOHS modular qualifications and focuses on the prevention of health and safety risks arising from exposures at work and the impact of the working environment on people's health. Full details, including teaching materials and manuals can be downloaded at www.ohlearning.com

'Physiotherapy works'

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has recently published the first four 'Physiotherapy Works' briefings which highlight the clinical and cost effectiveness of physiotherapy intervention in four areas of patient/client care:

 For more information see the CSP website.

SEQOHS (Safe effective quality occupational health service)

The Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) has launched the SEQOHS accreditation scheme for occupational health services. This will ensure that accredited services achieve and maintain the high standards set out by the scheme.

Further information and a copy of the standards is available on the website, as well as a range of support for those seeking accreditation. 

Vocational Rehabilitation for those with Long-term Neurological Conditions

These recommendations for best practice were published by the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM) from research was funded by the Department of Health. They can be downloaded free from
http://www.bsrm.co.uk/Publications/VR4LTnCv45fl.pdf



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