Culture of disillusion sweeps OH profession

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Culture of disillusion sweeps OH professionOn 24 Apr 2001 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Many occupational health staff aredisillusioned with the profession, according to a survey by Personnel Today’ssister magazine, Occupational Health. Forty-three per centof respondents claim that occupational health is not given enough priority intheir company and 40 per cent claim that their lack of status within theirorganisation is reducing their job satisfaction.In the survey of 457OH professionals, many felt undervalued, unappreciated and misunderstood bytheir employersOne said, “I’mseen only to keep employees in work and hand out plasters and paracetamol. Itis difficult for managers to see the need for noise/dust monitoring, screeningand so on.”Another said, “Weare tolerated because we have to be, but our office is so out of the way aroute map is necessary. OH is an afterthought by managers and only thoughtabout when the problem is ours.”Many respondents feltthat OH is viewed as a second tier to human resources or health and safety. Onesaid, “Many managers see OH as a cost and not a means of reducingoverheads. The Government has focused on safety over the years but not on OH.This does not seem to be changing.’Lack of resources wasa major issue for many of the OH professionals who responded to the survey,with many citing poor access to computers and the Internet, and even officesupport.In response to aquestion on their departments’ priorities in the year ahead, 15 per centanswered sickness absence or absence management, and a further 9 per centpicked health surveillance. Stress-related health issues were high, named by 8per cent of respondents as their top priority. Raising the profile ofOH, developing and improving the OH service further, health promotion,education, musculoskeletal issues and increasing health awareness were alsohigh lighted as important. By Eliza O’Driscoll Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more