The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called on the government to introduce tax incentives as part of an occupational health initiative.

Under the institution’s proposals, tax breaks would be implemented for therapies such as physiotherapy as a means of helping employees to return to and remain in work.

According to the IOSH, if the initiative went ahead, many thousands of potentially vulnerable people would return to work or enter work for the first time.

President of the IOSH Ray Hurst went on to state: "There needs to people in the workplace who are able to encourage and support these vulnerable people to re-enter and remain in the workplace. Occupational safety and health experts are well positioned to do this."

Last month, the IOSH launched a free tool designed to help firms get the advice they require concerning workers’ wellbeing.