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First things first, take a look at your business and the service it needs from an occupational health service provider (OHSP).

Then, ask yourself 4 key questions.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has something to say on this:

Where some risk remains and there is likely to be harm caused to your employees, you will need to take further steps. You need to consider health surveillance, if your employees are at risk from:

  • Noise or vibration
  • Solvents, dusts, fumes, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health
  • Asbestos, lead or work in compressed air
  • Ionising radiation
Control measures may not always be reliable – even if you’ve done the right maintenance checks in place. Good health surveillance can help make sure the effects of ill-health are picked up early. It helps ensure health risk management systems are working and highlights any controls that you may need to improve.

We’re not usually ones to answer a question with a question, but… do you know the health assessments of your business? Because knowing this will help you choose the right OHSP.

Look at the needs of your business and go from there. Think about things like

  • How many employees you have
  • If your employees are based locally, regionally or nationally
  • Whether assessments need to take place on site or if your employees will need to go to the OHSP
  • If your employees work shifts

It’s worth finding out how the OHSP operates. A small provider may not have enough resource to support large contracts. And if you’re a small employer, a large provider may feel too impersonal.

When you’re booking appointments for your employees, you might prefer to have a dedicated contact at the provider. Or maybe you’d be more confident knowing there’s a whole team you can speak to.

Also, check what management information and reporting you’d get with the OHSP. And if their record systems are IT based, how you’d receive feedback (eg format) and how often .

Accredited occupational health service providers

Constructing Better Health (CBH) – the national scheme for occupational health in the construction industry – accredits occupational health service providers (OHSP) to carry out health checks for their contractor members. CBH works with the OHSPs to ensure they deliver a consistent and coordinated approach to the management of occupational health services.

Useful links

Read CBH’s list of accredited occupational health providers »

FAQs by the HSE on the management of occupation health services »

Free independent information from the Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association (COHPA) »