Environmental and
Occupational Health Practice
The Environmental and Occupational Health Practice(EOH-P)is published by the Japan Society for Occupational Health. EOH-P welcoms papers from across the occupational health and allied areas. EOH-P primarily seeks to publish reports on knowledge gained through practice, which has important empirical value for occupational health. It also seeks to publish papers on environment issues.

Japanese Employers Provide Extensive Career Support to Full-Time Occupational Physicians

A company must care for its employees’ physical and mental health to maximize productivity and growth. In countries like Japan, the Industrial Safety and Health Act requires employers with more than 1,000 employees to implement an occupational health management system in their workplace. They can do so by appointing an exclusive occupational physician to manage any work-related disorders that an employee may have. Moreover, companies need more full-time and experienced physicians to provide uninterrupted health services.

However, an increasing number of physicians are leaving their positions after gaining experience, owing to a lack of on-the-job training during their early career. As a matter of concern, this issue deserves attention. Unfortunately, there have been no reports of such career support systems in companies across Japan.

A new study by researchers from the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Japan identified the career support systems being offered to full-time occupational physicians by large Japanese companies. They interviewed the supervising occupational physicians of eight employers with more than 10,000 workers each. Participating companies included six manufacturing and two railroad companies. According to the responses, each of the eight companies had set up a system to train onboard occupational physicians, support them for specialization, foster leadership and managerial skills, and keep track of their growth within the organization.

Most of these companies also provided in-house multidisciplinary projects which encouraged the physicians to skill-develop their skills and leadership qualities. They placed their occupational physicians in different worksite environments to help them diversify their skill sets. These organizations have also been very supportive of research and academic endeavors. Many corporate groups even allowed their occupational physicians to pursue opportunities outside the company based on their interests, while ensuring that the company services were not compromised. Moreover, they established job grades and a promotion system for the physicians based on their experience and overall performance.

In the light of recent demand for occupational medicine specialists and career trends, companies must provide occupational physicians with both initial and ongoing support for their career development. Japanese companies are making a multitude of efforts in this direction, which may help retain their employees for a long time, promote their well-being, and benefit the company as a whole.

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Title of the paper

Corporate career support for full-time occupational physicians


Koji Mori, Akiko Matsuyama, Ayumi Fujimoto, Kakeru Tsutsumi, Masako Nagata, Kiminori Odagami, and Tomohisa Nagata



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