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IOSH welcomes sickness absence plans

21st January 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Government proposals to help companies manage sickness absence have been welcomed by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Plans outlined by the Department of Work and Pensions include a new state-funded Independent Assessment Service, giving employers, employees and GPs access to advice on vocational rehabilitation, as well as retention of tax relief on employee assistance programmes.

IOSH head of policy and public affairs Richard Jones said: "We know that prolonged worklessness can have a detrimental effect on mental and physical health – while on the other hand ‘good work’, that is safe, supportive and accommodates people’s needs, can be good for health and wellbeing."

Mr Jones explained that he wants more employers to understand the business case for good health and safety.

Recently, IOSH announced Simon Bowen as its new executive director of membership. He will take over from Hazel Harvey as of March next year after leaving his role at the British Psychological Society in Leicester.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801525476-ADNFCR


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