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Occupational Health

It is surprisingly easy to overlook the word "health" in the phrase "health and safety", but prevention of ill health caused by work is just as important as avoiding injuries.

Work can affect a person adversely if hazards and environmental factors are not controlled. Some examples are given below:

  • Excessive exposure to noise - hearing damage and tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Lifting and carrying - back, neck or limb strain, repetitive strain injury
  • Use of vibrating / power tools - hand-arm vibration syndrome
  • Work with chemicals or food ingredients - asthma, dermatitis, allergies
  • Stress, excessive working hours, shift work - physical and mental symptoms, headaches, stomach problems, tiredness.
  • Use of computers / VDU's - eye strain, repetitive strain injury

Employers are required by law to take steps to prevent their activities from harming the health or safety of any person who could be affected, whether an employee, a member of the public or a neighbour to their premises.

If you have a concern about your health (related to your work, or concerning business premises in your area) it is advisable to speak to your employer or the business owner in the first instance. If you cannot do this, or are still concerned, please contact our officers, details below. They can either give you advice or investigate a specific complaint.

Further details on occupational health issues see:

For further Information:

  • Contact: Food, Health and Safety Team
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01768 212491
  • Fax: 01768 890732
  • Address: Environmental Services Section, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG

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