Occupational health is the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers by establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.
Occupational health services include:
- Identification and assessment of the risks from health hazards in the workplace.
- Providing advice, training and education on occupational health, safety, ergonomics, and protective equipment.
- Providing first aid and emergency treatment.
- Planning and designing workplaces to ensure the adaptation of the worker to the work is promoted.
- Monitoring of workers’ health in relation to work.
The following employee occupational health and counselling expenses are deductible to employers and not subject to FBT:
- Work-related medical tests – including pre-employment tests.
- Vaccinations e.g. flu.
- Work related counselling – for example to former employees who have been retrenched.
- Health coaching, lifestyle and weight loss counselling (CR 2011/41) where it is made available to all employees and prevents employees suffering work-related trauma.
- First aid training.