Clinical update

Health in the workplace

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in 2011/12 there were 27 million working days lost to work-related illness and injury in the UK, costing the economy an estimated £13.4 billion.

Essential facts

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in 2011/12 there were 27 million working days lost to work-related illness and injury in the UK, costing the economy an estimated £13.4 billion. Of these, 39% were caused by stress, depression or anxiety. More than one million working people were considered to have work-related illness, with around 450,000 new cases of occupational ill health being reported annually. It is estimated at least 12,000 deaths each year are caused by past exposure to particular working conditions.

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published public health guidance to improve the health and wellbeing of employees. There is a particular focus on organisational culture and context, and the role of line managers. NICE says that healthy workplaces make for happy and effective employees.

The workplace conditions that cause poor

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