first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. A council on Merseyside is launching an innovative internal health unit,bringing together its occupational health, employee counselling, health andsafety and health promotion functions under one roof. The move by Sefton council is believed to be the first time four suchfunctions have been brought together in this way. The internal health unit willwork out of the personnel department but retain complete autonomy. Previously the council had an internal health and safety function andpurchased an OH service externally, managed via the health and safety function.Alan Manchester, health and safety manager at the council, said he wanted tosee more seamless tackling of OH and health and safety issues – with a closerrelationship to employees’ actual working circumstances – as well as to instila culture shift whereby different functions worked more closely together. “There should be the possibility to learn together and support eachother,” he said. In the longer term he hoped to ensure greater intervention to help workersbefore problems got to the point where they had to take time off work. “I do not want the primary reason for contact with the service to beone of absence. I would want to be looking at problems that might be arisingprior to absence,” he said. Sefton council hopes the unit will be up and running from 1 October,depending on when premises become free. Health unit takes on an integrated roleOn 1 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img