IOSH Statement on Long-Term Sickness Record

“We know that being in good work is good for people so it’s a concern that so many are on long-term sick and, as such, economically inactive. There is a huge role here for employers to play, in providing good and decent work by putting in place the right policies and processes and exploring and providing any adjustments they can make to the workplace, to working arrangements, or through the provision of equipment, support or services to accommodate people’s needs. This will help people to work, to stay in work, to return to work and perform to the best of their ability, which can only be good for the employer, as well as for the employee and the economy.

“There’s much work to be done here to find the workers the UK economy needs to thrive and deliver a decent quality of life and decent, sustainable work for everyone. Plans should focus on helping workers, including, disabled people and those with limiting health conditions to enable them to gain paid work. These individuals have so much to offer – for themselves, their families and for us all.”

Source: Institute of Occupational Safety and Health