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Responsibilty Deal - Health at Work Pledges

Date: 10 May 2011

The new Health at Work pledges embedded in the new Public Health Responsibility Deal, was launched on 15 March by Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley CBE MP. The Responsibility Deal has been established, to create an environment that supports people to make informed, balanced choices, and help them to live healthier lives, by tapping in to the potential for businesses and other organisations to use their influence in the workplace to improve public health and tackle health inequalities. Organisations signing up to the Responsibility Deal commit themselves to take action on a voluntary basis. These actions are expressed as a series of collective pledges covering health at work, physical activity, food and alcohol. Over 180 organisations have already registered as Responsibility Deal Partners, each signed up to at least one collective pledge.


For further information and to sign up to the pledges please visit:

 If you have any questions or need further information please do not hesitate to ask. The best contact is Graeme Henderson ( of the Department of Health. We are also looking to develop further pledges, and your suggestions would be most welcome.

Top tip! No hiding from work email for employees

Companies need to set clear policies on acceptable use of work email, as well as regarding when to switch off - employees need to know it is OK to let work email that arrived after hours wait until the morning.

Cost of Absence

Average [annual] cost of absence per employee was £666 [CIPD 2008].

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