Healthier workforces are more productive, and the Robert Gordon University recognises that an employer that takes the health and wellbeing of employees seriously reflects positively on the reputation and culture of the organisation.
What is Occupational Health?
Occupational health is the relationship between health and work. For some people a health issue will affect their ability to work or the type of work they can do. In other cases the work itself may have the potential to affect people's health.
What type of things does this cover?
Occupational health covers a wide range of issues too numerous to mention on this web page. This list below should be regarded as indicative but by no means exhaustive.
- repetitive strain injuries (aka work related upper limb disorders)
- injuries suffered due to accidents at or out with work
- certain mobility problems
- hearing problems caused by noise at work
- chronic respiratory complaints
Where can I get advice?
There are several sources of advice available. However, your main point of contact within the University is the HR Department. Your HR Client Partner can often point you in the right direction.
HR Client Partners can also call upon the Occupational Health and Safety Office (located within the HR Department) to give further advice and recommendations. Staff are also free to contact the Occupational Health and Safety Office directly.
If you are being treated by your GP or via hospital appointment for a condition, they may make recommendations or suggestions with regard to your work. Please ensure that you communicate these to your Line Manager and/or your HR Client Partner at the earliest available opportunity.
Occupational Health Medical Practitioners
Where it is considered necessary, you may be referred to the University's external occupational health provider, Capita. Capita has a team of doctors, nurses and other health specialists who provide medical advice and examinations often leading to recommendations to make your working life easier depending upon your health problems.
If it is felt you might benefit from an appointment with Capita, your Line Manager will discuss this with the HR Department and decide whether to refer you. If referred, HR will make an appointment on your behalf to see a Capita doctor or other health specialist.
Access to Work Scheme
The Government's Employment Service operates a scheme called Access to Work. This provides advice for persons who may be viewed as disabled. In some cases it can also provide financial assistance for the provision of equipment to assist disabled employees in carrying out their work.
For further details please contact the OHES Office or see the Access to Work website.
Employee Support Helpline
RGU offers access to an independent Employee Support Helpline to assist with a wide range of issues.