Occupational Health Services and Employability

Funded by: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work


Employability policies are one of the four main Pillars of Action which Member States are taking to try to boost employment in their economies. While this is largely an active labour market intervention, the concept has been defined as the overall capacity of the worker to gain and maintain employment. In practice, this capacity has been defined to include the job experiences, skills, education and training of the individual worker. However, an important part of this capacity concerns the health of the worker, which obviously enables the worker to make best use of his or her employability.

This project, undertaken for the European Health and Safety Agency, will identify 25 initiatives within the Member States where the contribution of Occupational Health Services to maintaining, improving or rehabilitating the health of the worker can be seen. The case studies of these initiatives will focus on projects to rehabilitate injured or ill workers, projects which deal with at risk groups and projects which seek to promote or maintain good health.



The project will publish a final report in June 2000 which will outline the background and theoretical relationships between employability and occupational health services, and which will outline about 25 case studies taken from 10 Member States of how occupational health services can contribute to boosting the employability of workers.

Duration of the project

January - June 2000

For more information

Name:   Dr. Richard Wynne
Organisation:     Work Research Centre
Telephone:   +353-1-492-7042
Facsimile:   +353-1-492-7046