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Centre for Workplace Health


The Centre for Workplace Health (CWH) was launched in 2005. This national centre of excellence builds on an existing tripartite agreement between the University of Sheffield, the Health and Safety Executive and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust dating back to 1997.  The skill mix of the partners afforded an opportunity to establish a multidisciplinary 'Centre for Workplace Health'. In doing so, we have moved the emphasis away from the academic discipline of Occupational Medicine to the partnership approach for Occupational Health delivery.  The Centre hosts the largest group of occupational health specialists in the UK delivering high quality research, training and advice.

The CWH team

The team carries out a variety of work and works with policy colleagues on health matters, providing specialist support to operational colleagues. They liaise with various sectors in HSE, providing technical expertise. Recent examples include revision of the approach to the medical examination and assessment of commercial divers, and new guidance relating to health surveillance for silica-exposed workers. Staff also coordinate the national appointed doctor system, a large network of doctors who carry out medical assessments and examination of workers under certain regulations, such as lead asbestos and commercial diving.

The Group of Occupational Respiritory Disease Specialists (or GORDS) is a UK network of around 15 consultant respiratory physicians, established by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The GORDS group currently has representation from a number of specialist occupational respiratory centres located acress the UK.

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