HR Glossary
Occupational Health

Occupational Health

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What is Occupational Health?

Occupational health is the field of medicine dealing with employee health, wellness, and safety in the workplace. Occupational health is different from occupational medicine, which is the medical treatment and care of workers.

Occupational health (OH) is an umbrella term in the larger field of industrial hygiene.

OH professionals also study workplace environments, such as air quality, noise, and ergonomics, as well as health and safety regulations and standards.

Occupational health practitioners tend to focus on preventing work-related illnesses and injuries and often work as occupational health and safety professionals.

Why does Occupational health necessary in the workplace?

Occupational health definitions are necessary because they provide a clear understanding of what constitutes a hazard in the workplace. Without a clear understanding of what is hazardous, it would be difficult to determine what measures need to be taken to protect workers from harm. Additionally, occupational health definitions help to ensure that workers are aware of the potential hazards they may face while working and can take steps to avoid them. 

The purpose of occupational health is to ensure that employees are not only physically well, but also have a sense of well-being. By managing risks for employees, employers can also reduce the risk of lost productivity. In other words, when everyone feels well, everyone benefits.