Durham University Occupational Health

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Durham University Occupational Health


The Occupational Health Adviser is part of the University’s Human Resources Department. In operating as part of the team the Occupational Health Adviser adheres to the general philosophies of Occupational Health including: –

  • To promote and maintain the physical, psychological and social well- being of all staff.
  • To provide advice and support regarding the effects of health on work and work on health, in line with current trends and research.
  • Comply with national and local directives with regards to health, safety and welfare for all University staff.
  • To support and advise managers and assist them in safeguarding in their role of health, safety and welfare of their staff.

Key Aims of Service


To reduce ill health in University staff arising from or being made worse by work.

We will do this by:

  • Providing and maintaining an Occupational Health Service (OHS) for the University and its Staff.
  • Undertaking health surveillance based on a risk assessment approach, maintaining appropriate information and providing advice based on findings.


To help staff who have been ill, whether caused by work or not, to return to work.

We will do this by:

  • Providing managers with professional and timely advice to assist them in managing their staff.
  • Providing advice to managers to assist them in managing staff who are returning to work from sickness absence and to help staff to remain at work.
  • Providing advisory and support services to managers and staff on rehabilitation programmes.


To use the work environment to help staff maintain or improve their health.

We will do this by:

  • Implementing appropriate health promotion activities and collaborating with other service providers.
  • Delivering of a proactive programme of health related events to widen a better health message and using every Occupational Health interest as an opportunity to promote health.

Health & Safety Advice

Work related Health & Safety issues for which the OHA can be contacted for advice include:-

  • Disability – access to work or any adaptations or alterations that may be required in relation to any specific special needs at work.
  • Immunisations – advice in relation to any vaccinations required or recommended for work.
  • Noise – any concerns regarding noise at work and its effect upon health.
  • Stress – or any mental health problems, associated with or affecting work.
  • Substances – any concerns regarding the use of any substance and the effects upon health.

The Occupational Health Adviser can provide advice to managers and staff on health issues which are impacting on their health at work.