We understand that when it comes to occupational health, there will be a lot of questions. To help you quickly find the answers, below are some of our most frequently asked. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us using our online contact form.

  • 1. What is Occupational Health?

    Occupational Health is a specialist advisory service which focuses on the relationship between work and health. It is relevant to both Employers and Employees.

    Work can affect health and health can affect work both beneficially or adversely and so it follows that the nature of a person’s work should not have an adverse impact on any aspect of their health and wellbeing, therefore we work with employers to promote good health and prevent work related ill health.

    We also help employees positively manage their own health conditions to enable them to most effectively engage with their role and workplace.

    Overall good work is good for people and good for their organisation in terms of attendance, engagement, performance and productivity.

    To find out more please email enquiries@gipping.co.uk or telephone 01449 766913

  • 2. What is Health Surveillance?

    Health Surveillance is an ongoing programme of regular health checks designed to detect the earliest signs of adverse health effects resulting from exposure to various hazards in the workplace. Health Surveillance is often required by law in relation to exposure to hazards such as noise, vibration and substances hazardous to health.

    Workplace risk assessments should identify appropriate control measures and the need for any health surveillance.

    Health surveillance is important for detecting ill health effects at an early stage, identifying trends in workplace health risks and highlighting control measures which are not wholly effective. The confidential consultations also provide an opportunity to reinforce training and correct procedures for example in relation to the correct use of PPE.

    For more detailed information relevant to your organisation and job roles, please email enquiries@gipping.co.uk or telephone 01449 766913

  • 3. How long does it take to get an appointment?

    When you contact us we usually respond to your request within 4 working hours. It is usually possible for an appointment to be arranged at one of our clinics within 5 working days.

    It is common for regular customers, who have an ongoing requirement for our range of services, to book full service days at their premises a full year in advance, for example one full day per month. This ensures that our services are available when they want them and the days can then be used as best suits the customer. A typical day is a mixture of management referral appointments, health surveillance, drug and alcohol tests or health promotion etc. In this way the customer can plan their programme and have complete control over when the next appointments are available at their site. A wide variety of organisations large and small choose to work with us in this way, with their service requirements ranging from one day per year to one day every week.

    For service bookings, please email enquiries@gipping.co.uk or telephone 01449 766913

  • 4. How do you record my consent?

    Your data and personal information is very important to us, therefore we take the protection of it very seriously. We always seek your written consent to participate in a face to face occupational health consultation. Our consent forms are appropriate to the type of consultation, explaining the reason for the consultation, what information we will collect, how it will be treated and it reminds you of your right to request access to your occupational health records should you wish to see them. From time to time we conduct consultations by telephone, in which case the consent process is discussed before proceeding. Your verbal consent will be noted in our written records. There is a link to our full Privacy Policy at the bottom of this page.

    If you would like further details around consent and data protection please email enquiries@gipping.co.uk or telephone 01449 766913

  • 5. What is the difference between an Occupational Health Advisor and an Occupational Therapist?

    Our Occupational Health Advisors are all qualified Nurses with current Nursing and Midwifery Council registration. They have undertaken additional training and gained experience and qualifications in the speciality discipline of Occupational Health. Their roles involve delivering the services described in FAQs 1 to 3 above.

    For Occupational Therapists, the focus is on helping individuals to achieve independent living at home, at school, in the workplace etc. This is usually in the context of people who have suffered illness or injury, or have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, socially or emotionally disabling. Examples include mental health conditions, recovery from brain injury and dementia. Treatment involves the therapeutic use of everyday activities to improve, sustain and restore the highest possible level of independence for that person.

    If you require the services of an Occupational Health Advisor please email enquiries@gipping.co.uk or telephone 01449 766913

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