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Groundbreaking initiative to deliver ‘step change’ in occupational health

Nov 07, 2017

A major new initiative from the Joint Industry Board will help to ensure the health of 12,000 operatives across the electrical industry.

From January 2018, JIB members can receive Occupational Health Assessment (OHA) funding for all employees covered by the JIB Benefits Scheme.

Each eligible operative can receive a funded OHA, every three years. To carry out the assessments, the JIB has partnered with four leading occupational health specialists – Clarity Healthcare, Express Medicals, RPS Group and Sarsen Health – to allow JIB members to select the most convenient provider and location. 

The assessments will cover 10 fitness for work and health aspects, such as respiratory function, hearing and blood pressure.

For the employer, the assessment helps to provide an indication of what steps need to be taken on site to improve the health and wellbeing of employees. For an individual, the assessment provides an early indicator of potential ill health so that corrective action can be taken.

“Our industry has made impressive strides in improving its safety record over the last 15 years, so now a focus on the ‘health’ element of health and safety is just as important,” said Steve Brawley, JIB chief executive.

“The introduction of Occupational Health Assessment funding into the JIB Benefits Scheme is a major step for the industry. It will not only support JIB members in meeting their employment obligations, but also help them to protect the health and wellbeing of their staff – their most valuable resource.”

To find out more visit www.jib.org.uk/oha