23.5 million days lost due to work related ill health in 2013/14August 25, 2015 // No Comments
Figures from the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual statistics for 2013/14 have helped shed some light on the extent of the issue of ill health related to work.
The report has shown that 23.5 million days were lost due to work-related ill health during 2013/14. In addition, 2 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work.
In terms of the specifics regarding work-related ill health:
- Around 80% of self-reported, new work-related health conditions comprised musculoskeletal disorders or stress, depression or anxiety.
- Musculoskeletal disorders constitute the most common form of work-related ill health, although mental health issues give rise to the most working days lost.
Fit for Work offers free, professional advice to GPs, employers and employees on work-related health matters. Advice can be sought from Fit for Work on the effect that work may be having on a person’s existing health condition, or whether a particular illness might prevent a person from doing a particular job. Currently, advice can be sought via the website and telephone line. Fit for Work offers voluntary referrals to an occupational health professional for employees who have been off sick or who are likely to be off sick for four weeks or more. The occupational health professional identifies obstacles preventing employees from returning to work, and devises a Return to Work Plan tailored to employees’ needs.