NEW REPORT REVEALS THE GLOBAL VALUE OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES TO ORGANISATIONS, WORKERS, COMMUNITY & THE ECONOMY
Evidence of strong ROI from the implementation of OH services
Investigation beyond traditional OH to include wellness, sustainability & CSR
The global burden of Occupational Health (OH) issues is considerable. Fatal and non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses worldwide equate to a cost of approximately €2680 billion, equivalent to 4% of the global GDP or the entire GDP of Great Britain i. Consequently, organisations, their workforce, and society have to bear a substantial cost.
The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), the International SOS Foundation and KU Leuven University have partnered to produce “Occupational Health: the Global Value and Evidence”. This whitepaper discusses the value of Occupational Health (OH) from a global perspective and provides a synthesis of global evidence on the effectiveness of OH interventions and cost effectiveness.
The paper demonstrates that Occupational Health services have a clear value: they improve the health of the working population; contribute to the prevention of work-related illnesses; prevent avoidable sickness absence through the provision of early interventions for those who develop a health condition; and increase the efficiency and productivity of organisations. They can also play a major part in protecting and revitalising the global economy.
iGlobal Estimates of Occupational Accidents and Work-related Illnesses 2017.