What is Occupational Health?

Occupational health is concerned with the impact of work on health and health on work.

We provide your managers with advice on how to prevent work activities from adversely affecting an individual’s health; for example reducing the risk of someone working with hazardous chemicals from developing asthma or skin sensitisation, or someone lifting heavy items repetitively from developing back pain.

individual’s medical fitness

We also advise on an individual’s medical fitness to undertake their normal work activities taking into account any health conditions they may have. For example, an individual with epilepsy who may be expected to work at heights, or an individual with depression working in a highly pressurised environment.

Advice would include the likely short and long-term impact of the health condition on the individual’s ability to undertake their normal duties and any temporary or permanent adjustments that could be made to their role.

Research shows that generally being at work is good for the physical and mental health of the population. An individual may still be able to undertake some meaningful work even though they are not 100% fit. We work with you to identify appropriate adjustments you can make to the work environment and tasks, to enhance productivity, whilst not adversely affecting the employee’s health.

We can also advise on wellbeing strategies to take a more proactive approach to improving health and wellbeing at work. This benefits both the individual and the company in terms of productivity and can positively affect your bottom line.

Benefits of Occupational Health to you

Key conclusions from a 2022 Society of Occupational Medicine report identified the positive links between employee health and wellbeing to successful business performance. It indicated that highly effective companies will often have a culture and philosophy that values health, and that wellbeing strategies need to encompass the work environment, culture and interpersonal relationships.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduced costs of absence due to lost time due to sickness and injury
  • Reduced risk of litigation through compliance with health and safety legislation
  • Preventing work-related ill-health and reducing the costs of ill-health at work
  • Keeping people at work even if work adjusted temporarily until health condition fully resolved or stabilised
  • Encouraging productivity by getting the best out an individual regardless of their health status
  • Improving productivity through a healthier workplace ethos – increasing motivation and efficiency
  • Aiding staff retention – reducing the cost of recruitment and training


I’ve known Debbie ever since I started my business over eight years ago. Whenever I’ve needed occupational health support, Debbie is right there for me. She has never let me down and everything she has done for me has been of the highest quality. Her professionalism and understanding of the subject is second to none and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending her services to anyone that needs an occupational health service.

Stuart Falconer, HR Consultant, Morgan Thomson HR

I have worked with Debbie on a number of occasions and she has become my ‘go to’ occupational health advisor. She is both professional and pragmatic, builds a great rapport with employees and employers alike and produces reports in quick time. Quite simply, the best OH advisor I have worked with.

Jon Phillips, HR Consultant, Calium HR

SA Law has enlisted the expert assistance of Debbie Holder for occupational health support over a number of years on behalf of numerous clients. We have always found her to be approachable and helpful in what can often be very difficult circumstances for our clients. Her advice is timely, comprehensive and comes at a very reasonable fee when compared with a number of other occupational health providers. We would have no hesitation in recommending her services to others.

Chris Cook, Partner, Head of Employment and Data Protection, SA Law

Debbie is our trusted advisor for OH matters and we regularly refer our clients to her. Debbie’s approach means her advice and reporting is always clear and concise and has really helped our clients navigate some tricky situations. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Debbie and Occupational Health Services.

Chris Miles, Assistant Manager, People Solutions, Menzies LLP

I have used Occupational Health Services for a range of employee health matters. I find the service very responsive, flexible, medically sound and professional taking into consideration both the employees’ and employers’ situation. The reports are detailed to a high standard to allow the business to review possible support and the next steps with the employee and Occupational Health Services will always advise if a further assessment may be needed.

Leanne Taylor, HR Consultant, Beststart HR

After working with a variety of occupational health providers over the years, I have never worked so closely with a provider who genuinely cares about our colleagues but also about our business. Occupational Health Services Ltd understand our business and spend time to understand our colleagues too. They are always at the end of a phone to give advice, support and give confidence to colleagues working with them for the best outcomes for all.

Linsay Baverstock, People Partner, Settle Group

Debbie has been assisting us with all of our OH needs since 2015 and I can honestly say nothing is too much trouble, quick turnaround if needed, with excellent professional assessments and advice given. Would recommend.

Michelle Bolino, Head of HR, Selectaglaze Ltd, St Albans

Occupational Health Services Ltd has greatly assisted many of my clients and their staff in assessing health issues and providing helpful guidance on road maps to improved health and attendance.

Philip Delafield, HR Consultant, Delafield Consulting ltd

We have worked with Occupational Health Services Ltd for eight years now and the service Debbie has provided has been excellent. She always responds to us within a few hours and is very accommodating to our needs. We feel really confident that our employees will have a positive experience with Debbie, even at a time when perhaps they are not positive themselves. As an employer with a relatively lean head count, we do not feel compromised or exposed with the advice Debbie provides to employees, and instead, take real benefit about how best to return employees to full health in the workplace. Would highly recommend.

Pete Howitt, HR Director, ADR Network