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your health at work


We spend much of our lives at work. It can have a big impact on our physical and mental well-being. At worst it can make us ill, or even kill us.

Avoidable accidents at work injure, maim or kill every day. But far more common are the everyday ailments of the modern workplace - headaches, back problems, stress and bullying - and the problems of particular workplaces - the offices, shops and call centres.

This section of workSMART is all about health at work. As well as general advice on keeping well at work, it explains your legal rights and duties, the obligations of your employer and shows how they can be enforced. And if the worst comes to the worst, it takes you through how you can make a claim against your employer.

You can search our questions database, browse questions by subject by choosing one of the chapters above, or use our technical jargon buster. Alternatively, you can browse all the questions in this section.

This health database was developed for workSMART by Philip Pearson and Becky Allen, and has been edited and updated by TUC experts and by the Labour Research Department. We have done our best to make sure it is up to date and accurate. You should always seek individual advice based on your own circumstances from a qualified adviser before taking action based on the information here. Please read our full legal disclaimer.