Many organisations now require prospective employees to take an independent medical examination before they take up employment, therefore maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important if you are planning to enter the jobs market.
When you are in employment, work can influence health positively or negatively. For most people work is essential for economic, social, physical and mental wellbeing and a good working environment has the potential to make people feel better and to help increase their sense of wellbeing. There are many aspects of work that affect people’s health.
- Shift work and night work (can lead to sleep deficiency, digestive problems, drug or alcohol abuse and stress on relationships)
- Accidents and injuries
- Noise causing induced hearing loss
- Toxic hazards
The Health and Safety Authority is the national body in Ireland with responsibility for securing health and safety at work. It covers every type of workplace and every kind of work in the public and private sectors from workplaces with just one worker to companies with thousands of employees nationwide. As well as their website they also provide an information service on workplace health and safety during working hours.
Many organisations also have an Employee Assistance Programme usually provided by an external health provider, and they deal with issues such as stress, addiction, family problems, depression, bereavement, housing difficulties, money worries, legal issues etc.