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Occupational health
Domain: Health and safety at work
Grammatical category
Noun phrase
Grammar notes
Occupational health is a branch of medicine concerned with the effects of work on health and health on work. It aims to:
1) protect people against work-related health hazards and prevent work-related ill health and injury;
2) contribute to the design and adaptation of work to suit the physical and mental capacity of workers and their assignment to jobs for which they are suited;
3) contribute to the establishment and maintenance of the highest possible degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers; and
4) promote best practice techniques to ensure early diagnosis and treatment of work-related ill health and injury and the rehabilitation of workers as appropriate.
Definition source
Jones 2003, adapted from the Encyclopaedia of occupational health and safety, Third (revised) edition, Volume 2, ILO, Geneva.
European legislation
Directive 89/391/EEC
British legislation
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974
= Médecine du travail