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Cover Magazine - UK faces occupational health 'crisis'

By Adam Saville 9 Spetember 2020.

Group protection ‘can take the pressure off’.

Redundancy fears and return-to-work stress creating unmanageable demand, experts warn.

Today brought news that social gatherings above six are to be banned in England from next Wednesday.

The announcement comes as a result of a spike in Covid-19 infections, at a time when many people in the UK are returning to the workplace.

Despite the new restrictions, the government is continuing to encourage employees back to work, where social distancing measures are mandatory, while the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has advised that companies should put in place a ‘hybrid' approach which does not force people to return.

In May, a poll from IPSOS Mori revealed that many Brits felt "uncomfortable" about going back to their normal lives and it would be fair to assume that, in light of today's situation, many people will still be reluctant to travel on public transport and gather in office spaces.

With responsibility for managing staff health issues firmly on the shoulders of employers, occupational health experts are warning that they are likely to face unmanageable demand in the UK.

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