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OHA funding next year from JIB initiative

08 November 2017

Members of the Joint Industry Board (JIB) will be eligible for funding for occupational health assessments (OHA) for employees covered by the JIB Benefits Scheme.

Available from January next year, the new scheme is designed to ensure the good health of 12,000 operatives across the electrical sector.

The JIB has partnered with four occupational health specialists to allow members to select the most convenient provider.

Each eligible employee will be able to receive a funded OHA every three years.

This will cover 10 aspects of fitness for work, including respiratory function hearing and blood pressure.

An assessment will also provide an early indicator of potential ill health in some individuals, allowing corrective action to be taken.

Employers will be able to use the assessments to identify the steps required on site to improve the health and wellbeing of employees.

JIB chief executive Steve Brawley said good progress in safety has been made over the last 15 years and a focus on health "is just as important".

He described the OHA funding as a "major step for the industry" that will assist employers to meet obligations, while helping them to "to protect the health and wellbeing of their staff - their most valuable resource".

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