When is the Fit for Work service introduced for employers to make occupational health assessment referrals?

The Fit for Work occupational health assessment referral service is fully operational from 8 September 2015. Employers can refer an employee for a free occupational health assessment when the employee has been absent from work for at least four weeks. Employees can also be referred to the service by their GP.

The Fit for Work service also provides advice on work-related health matters for employers, employees and GPs through a website and telephone helpline. This part of the service has been available from the beginning of January 2015.