Occupational Health

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 7 January 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Mone Baroness Mone Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) discussions they have had with, and (2) guidance they have provided to, employers about ways to support employees to be healthier whilst they are at work.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government and arm’s length bodies, including the Health and Safety Executive and Acas, work with a range of stakeholders to equip employers with the knowledge and confidence to support health in the workplace. This includes help to adapt workplaces and working practices and provide inclusive working environments.

In 2019, Public Health England and Business in the Community published online toolkits to help employers support staff mental and physical health. We continue to work with Business Leaders via the ‘Thriving at Work Leadership Council' to promote mental health resources available online. In ‘Health is Everyone’s Business’ we consulted on proposals to support employers to prevent health-related job loss, including by expanding access to occupational health services. We anticipate that a response will be available by the end of the year.

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