Occupational Health Policy
Occupational health is a shared responsibility. Like Technologies is responsible for the health and safety of its employees. Employees also have to look after their own health and safety and we all have to take care of the health and safety of others.
Occupational health includes:
• the effect of work on health, whether through sudden injury or through long-term exposure to agents with concealed effects on health;
• the prevention of occupational disease through methods which include health surveillance, ergonomics and effective management systems;
• the effect of health on work, bearing in mind that good occupational health practice should address the fitness of the task for the employee, not the fitness of the employee for the task alone;
• rehabilitation and recovery programmes;
• helping the disabled to secure and retain work;
• managing work-related aspects of illness with potentially multi-factorial causes and helping employees to make informed choices regarding lifestyle issues.
Like Technologies are striving to:
• build a better work environment;
• ensure and demonstrate that every reasonable effort has been made towards secure employment including improving working practices for the prevention of harm and the encouragement of rehabilitation and retention;
• focus on the quality of the working environment covering welfare, occupational and wider health issues, job satisfaction, and workplace safety;
• work openly and transparently with genuine and timely consultation with all relevant parties to develop solutions to problems;
• ensure joint communication on occupational health issues;
• monitor the management of health surveillance and sickness absence;
• handle all individual cases with sympathy and understanding.
Medical records are held in locked cabinets. Only nominated key holders (the Company HR representatives) are authorised to access the cabinets. Unauthorised access to cabinets and/or records will result in disciplinary action
The purpose of absence management and rehabilitation is to:
• demonstrate commitment to employees health, safety and welfare;
• monitor and manage sickness absence in a fair and equitable way;
• take positive action to improve attendance;
• reduce levels of sickness;
• minimise the incidence of ill-health retirement.
Long Term Sickness (four weeks or more)
Like Technologies will refer to the government fit for work scheme. Expert and impartial advice is available from a team of Occupational Health Professionals www.fitforwork.org
Within two working days of a referral, the employee concerned will receive an in-depth consultation with an occupational health professional who will explore all of the issues that might be preventing that person returning to work. This will include work-related and wider personal issues as well as health matters.
The Return to Work Plan will direct employees towards services that will help them overcome any obstacles keeping them away from work. If the employee gives consent, Fit for Work professionals can also work directly with employers to help the patient achieve a return to work.
Everyone has a responsibility to ensure high levels of attendance. Specifically, these responsibilities are:
• report any absence from work to their manager/supervisor in accordance with Like Technologies Sickness Absence Reporting procedure. (see Company handbook).
• take prime responsibility for absence management;
• maintain contact with absent employees;
• ensure that new employees are informed of Like Technologies’ sickness absence reporting procedure and that all employees follow this agreed procedure;
• ensure that all absences are recorded and that accurate attendance/non-attendance records are maintained;
• refer to HR who will conduct a return to work interview on the employee's return to work, to discuss reasons for the absence, and, where necessary arrange a health assessment to identify the need for any work restrictions etc.
• identify any occupational causes of ill health, and trigger action to improve the situation.
• ensure that employees receive sympathetic counselling/advice;
• where necessary, ensure that employees receive positive encouragement to improve attendance and to take appropriate action where other measures have failed.
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