§ Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what arrangements exist for the provision of an occupational health service for employees within his Department, stating(a) how many staff are employed to provide occupational health services, (b) how many of those staff are qualified nurses and (c) how many employees work in his Department in total.
§ Mr. Jack
In common with other civil service departments and agencies, the Department of Social Security uses the civil service occupational health service (CSOHS) for the provision of occupational health services for its 76,096 full-time and 9,061 part-time employees. The CSOHS employs some 100 fully qualified occupational health professionals—doctors, nurses and hygiene and safety advisers—and operates through a network of 425W regional offices throughout the United Kingdom. The Department employs 18 staff who are also qualified nurses engaged on occupational health including the treatment of sick members of staff and first-aid responsibilities.