Work and COPD

3) Discussions with your employer

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If your work is affecting your health it is a good idea to start discussions with your employer when you have your diagnosis. If you work for a large organisation you may be able to speak to your occupational health or human resources department. You may already be in discussion with them. If you are off sick make a plan in advance for letting your employer know how your health state is progressing so you don’t push yourself to return to work if you are not well enough

Think about your work tasks.

  • Where you work
  • The conditions you work in
  • Your hours
  • What your job involves physically
  • Mental effort and concentration
  • Travel either as part of your work or to and from work