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  • Published In : Oct 2023
  • Code : CMI6226
  • Pages :165
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  • Industry : Biotechnology

The global occupational health market size was valued at US$ 4.81 Bn in 2023 and is expected to reach US$ 7.47 Bn by 2030, grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% from 2023 to 2030. Occupational health refers to the management of employee safety, health and wellbeing in the workplace. It involves services like medical surveillance, assessment of risks, chronic disease management, and ergonomic workplace design and health promotion. Occupational health aims to promote an ideal work environment and prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses associated with work. The key drivers include stringent regulations, benefits of corporate wellness programs and rising health responsibility of employers.

The global occupational health market is segmented by service type, site location, and end user. Out of which healthcare services in service type segment is expected to be the largest and fastest growing segment during the forecast period. This is attributed to the rising integration of wellness programs by employers to boost productivity.

Global Occupational Health Market Regional Insights

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for the global occupational health market during the forecast period, accounting for over 40% of the market share in 2023 The growth of the market in North America is attributed to the high incidence of chronic diseases, developed infrastructure, and stringent safety regulations. For instance, the number of people in the U.S. aged 50 years and older will increase by 61.11% from 137.2 million in 2020 to 221.1 million in 2050. Out of which, chronic disease is estimated to increase by 99.5% from 71.6 million in 2020 to 142.7 million by 2050.
  • The Europe market is expected to be the second-largest market for the global occupational health market, accounting for over 25% of the market share in 2023. The growth is attributed to government mandates regarding workplace safety and the increasing embrace of corporate health responsibility by companies.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the third- largest market for global occupational health market, with a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period. The growth is attributed due to expanding manufacturing sector, rising incidence of accidents and influx of companies setting up Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) policies in the region.

Figure 1. Global Occupational Health Market Share (%), By Region, 2023


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Global Occupational Health Market Drivers:

  • Increasing Prevalence of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses: The increasing prevalence of occupational injuries and illnesses is one of the primary factors fueling the growth of the occupational health market. According to the data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2022, around 2 million people across the world succumb to work-related illnesses and injuries annually. The report points out that hazardous chemicals, stress, infectious diseases, and extended working hours often lead to both acute and long-term health issues among workers. Additionally, a survey conducted by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2023 found that musculoskeletal disorders and injuries are the most commonly reported work-related health problems faced by employees globally. The rising awareness regarding the benefits of proactive occupational health is further fueling market growth.
  • Stringent Health and Safety Regulations: Stringent health and safety regulations introduced by various governments are one of the major factors driving the growth of the occupational health market globally. With increasing awareness about employee well-being and productivity, most countries have introduced stringent laws in the past decade to ensure workers safety at the workplace. For instance, according to the International Labour Organization, the number of mandatory inspections conducted by national authorities increased by 25% from 2017 to 2020 across both developed and developing countries. This indicates a clear focus by governments on enforcing compliance and ensuring safer workplaces. As a result of these stringent norms, companies are compelled to invest more in the occupational health and safety of their employees. This includes regular health checkups, ergonomic assessments, stress management programs, awareness sessions on safety protocols, etc.
  • Cost Benefits of Workplace Health Programs: Workplace health and wellness programs are gaining increased acceptance and recognition among employers globally. These programs offer both tangible and intangible cost benefits to organizations, which is a major factor driving the growth of occupational health market. Some of the key cost benefits include reduced medical costs, less absenteeism, higher productivity, lower insurance premiums, and others. For example, According to data from the World Health Organization (2020), comprehensive workplace health initiatives that include fitness activities, dietary counseling, health screenings, and smoking cessation programs have been demonstrated to lower absence rates by approximately 20-30%. This adds up to significant savings for companies in terms of fewer lost workdays. Such health programs have also demonstrated positive return on investment. Studies evaluates that the large employers in the U.S. found that for every dollar spent on wellness programs, medical costs were reduced by over US$ 3 and absenteeism costs came down by about US$ 2.73 according to data compiled by the Institute of Medicine (2021).
  • Rising Acceptance of Corporate Health Responsibility: The rising awareness of employee well-being and work-life balance is significantly impacting the occupational health market. More companies are realizing that their employees' physical and mental health directly influences productivity, innovation, morale and overall business success. Thus, they are increasingly taking responsibility for their employees' health by implementing various occupational health programs and services. Many large corporations are now offering on-site health clinics staffed with doctors, nurses, and wellness coaches. These clinics provide annual check-ups, physical therapy, and management of chronic conditions, mental health counseling, and more. They ensure that basic healthcare needs are easily accessible to employees without disrupting work. Some companies even offer spouses and family members access to these services. Occupational healthcare is also moving beyond physical health to focus on mental well-being, stress management, and burnout prevention. Formal employee assistance programs (EAPs) providing counseling and therapy are becoming more common.

Occupational Health Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 4.81 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2022 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 6.5% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 7.47 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Service Type: Healthcare services, Drug & Alcohol Testing Services, Physical Examination Services, Disease Screening Services, Health Risk Assessment Services, Others
  • By Site Location: On-site, Off-site, Telehealth Services
  • By End User: Small size enterprises, Mid-size enterprise, Large enterprises 
Companies covered:

Cerner Corporation, Kareo, AdvancedMD, athenahealth, Optum, Inc., Integrity Health, Holistic HealthWorks, Premise Health, UL Solution Inc., Mobile Health Consumer Inc., Sapphire Health Solutions, COPE Occupational Health Service Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing Prevalence of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
  • Stringent Health and Safety Regulations
  • Cost Benefits of Workplace Health Programs
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Budgetary Constraints among SMEs
  • Shortage of Qualified Occupational Health Professionals

Global Occupational Health Market Opportunities:

  • Leveraging Advanced Technologies: Leveraging advanced technologies could unlock tremendous opportunities in the occupational health market. As technologies progress rapidly, their implementation stands to transform how employers safeguard worker well-being and boost productivity. Telehealth in particular shows great potential to expand access and convenience. By utilizing virtual services, on-site clinicians can consult remote specialists to expedite complex diagnoses or treatments. This saves travel time and costs while getting staff immediate expert input. Telehealth and remote patient monitoring solutions allow consistent connections between workers and providers. Conditions can be tracked over time to pinpoint issues and catch health changes early. This proactive approach improves outcomes and reduces serious incidents. For instance, according to the International Labour Organization, there were over 374 million non-fatal occupational accidents between 2020- 2021 globally. The World Health Organization reports musculoskeletal disorders accounted over 20% of inability to work globally. As connected health tools and predictive worksite analytics demonstrate value in early detection and prevention, their adoption will grow substantially. This points to strong future expansion for occupational services applying innovation to address critical safety, health, and cost concerns faced by all industries worldwide.
  • Geographic Expansion into Emerging Markets: Developing economies in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa present untapped opportunities for occupational health services. These regions are witnessing steady economic development and investments in industrialization. Large infrastructure projects, manufacturing plants and energy projects in these markets are creating fresh demand for occupational health and workplace safety measures. Multinational companies expanding operations in emerging economies are looking to implement globally benchmarked health and safety policies. Local companies are also compelled by guidelines to provide employees basic occupational health coverage. This presents cross-selling and partnership opportunities for vendors in the global occupational health market. The consulting, technology, and infrastructure capabilities developed by serving clients across developed markets can be leveraged to tap into the underpenetrated emerging markets.
  • Integration with Traditional Healthcare Systems: There lies vast potential for occupational health to converge with mainstream healthcare systems. The insights gleaned by employers into workforce health trends can be shared with health systems to design targeted interventions and programs. The health records maintained by occupational health providers can be integrated with electronic health records (EHR) to ensure continuity of care. Employers can collaborate with health providers to set up proximal clinics, facilitating access for employees. Occupational health staff can coordinate with primary care physicians on patient health issues. Such integration can help manage population health holistically, providing economies of scale and growth opportunities for occupational health vendors. It can also help address the shortage of occupational physicians through channel resources.
  • Adoption of Total Worker Health Concept: The Total Worker Health program promoted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health presents an opportunity for the occupational health market. It emphasizes the need to converge occupational safety and health with lifestyle promotion and general wellness. Employers are looking to provide integrated employee health services beyond just occupational hazard mitigation. This approach accounts for individual health choices, mental health status, chronic conditions etc., along with workplace risks. Vendors can incorporate allied services like nutrition counseling, fitness regimes, stress management, and sleep therapy into their traditional occupational health offerings. They can partner with wellness companies and leverage technologies like wearables to provide holistic worker health management. The convergence presents cross-selling possibilities and revenue potential.

Global Occupational Health Market Trends:

  • Integration of Occupational Health with Workplace Wellness: There is an increasing integration of occupational health services with workplace health promotion and wellness programs by employers. Companies are adopting a holistic approach to workforce health management and safety. They are implementing comprehensive employee wellness strategies spanning chronic disease management, nutrition, exercise, mental health, workplace ergonomics, and injury prevention under one umbrella. Companies are offering integrated service packages combining assessing occupational risks with counseling, health literacy programs, onsite clinics, wearable-driven health tracking, and telehealth access. This convergence offers convenience to employees in availing of health services as well as scale advantages to employers. It is enabling tailored interventions based on aggregated health insights. The integration of occupational health and wellness programs is emerging as an impactful trend.
  • Prioritizing Mental Health and Wellbeing: Companies are increasingly prioritizing the mental health and wellbeing of employees at the workplace in their occupational health strategy. Workplace stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout are being acknowledged as significant health hazards. Employers are partnering with occupational health vendors to provide targeted mental health interventions, including counseling, support groups, resilience training, and coverage for therapy costs. Meditation rooms, quiet spaces for relaxation, pet therapy, art initiatives, and flexi working options are being introduced to address employee emotional wellbeing. Monitoring tools to assess stress and techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy are being integrated. This focus on making mental health an integral component of corporate wellness ecosystems is benefiting the occupational health market.
  • Adoption of Mobile Health Strategies: The utilization of mobile occupational health strategies is rising the advantages of flexibility, convenience and accessibility they provide. Mobile health clinics, onsite healthcare vehicles, and health camps are being leveraged by employers to provide proximate and timely care to employees at the workplace. Such mobile units are equipped to address emergencies, conduct health monitoring, and raise awareness. The adoption of telehealth platforms and health apps to provide virtual care, self-monitoring, and online consultation is also growing. Blue-collar contract workers are especially benefiting from mobile occupational health delivery. Vendors are increasingly investing in mobile and digital capabilities to expand their client outreach, boost utilization and provide employees round-the-clock access.

Global Occupational Health Market Restraints:

  • Budgetary Constraints among SMEs: The adoption of occupational health services across small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is restricted by budget constraints. Availing customized corporate health programs requires significant investment, which smaller companies are unable to undertake. The costs of periodic medical examinations, surveillance, onsite clinics, healthcare personnel, and technology adoption seem prohibitive to SMEs.
  • Shortage of Qualified Occupational Health Professionals: The occupational health domain faces a major shortage of trained physicians and nurses to address workforce healthcare needs. There are limited education programs dedicated to imparting skills required for delivering targeted onsite medical services. Many employers hire temporary staff on contract rather than dedicated occupational health practitioners. This leads to ad-hoc services without much continuity of care or health oversight.
  • Low Awareness and Social Stigma: Lack of awareness regarding the importance of workplace health and the social stigma associated with sharing health problems are significant barriers. There is hesitancy amongst employees to report illnesses, undergo medical tests and seek mental health support at work due to fear of adverse professional outcomes.

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In November 2020, Concentra a healthcare company acquired the Texas Health Fort Worth Occupational Health Center and the Texas Health Alliance Occupational Health Center in Fort Worth, Texas. This acquisition continues to strengthen the quality service and medical expertise previously offered by the occupational health centers of Texas Health Resources.
  • In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to update its recordkeeping requirements. The new rule modernizes OSHA’s recordkeeping system and streamlines reporting burdens. This regulatory change aimed to improve workplace safety by making injury and illness data more accessible and useful for OSHA enforcement and preventive efforts.
  • Cerner a health information technology company unveiled its Healthy Work Return module in January 2021 amid the pandemic, tailored to increase employers reopen workplaces safely. Features include health self-assessments and facility readiness tracking.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • Teladoc Health, a healthcare company, acquired Livongo a digital health company in October 2020 for US$18.51 billion to form a unified virtual care platform covering chronic conditions.

Figure 2. Global Occupational Health Market Share (%), By Service Type, 2023


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Top companies in Global Occupational Health Market

  • Cerner Corporation
  • Kareo
  • AdvancedMD
  • athenahealth
  • Optum, Inc.
  • Integrity Health
  • Holistic HealthWorks
  • Premise Health
  • UL Solution Inc.
  • Mobile Health Consumer Inc.
  • Sapphire Health Solutions
  • COPE Occupational Health Service Ltd.

Definition: Occupational health refers to the medical specialty focused on managing the safety, health, and wellbeing of the workforce in occupational settings. It aims to foster an environment ideal for physical and mental health by promoting workplace safety, disease prevention, ergonomics, and general wellbeing. Occupational health services comprise monitoring health risks, mitigating hazards, conducting pre-employment and routine screenings, chronic disease management, emergency response, health education, and integrated corporate wellness programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Budgetary constraints among SMEs, shortage of qualified occupational health professionals hamper the growth of the global occupational health market.

Increasing prevalence of workplace injuries and illnesses, stringent health and safety regulations, cost benefits of workplace health programs are drive the growth of market.

The healthcare services segment is the leading service type segment in the market.

The major players are Cerner Corporation, Kareo, AdvancedMD, athenahealth, Optum, Inc., Integrity Health, Holistic HealthWorks, Premise Health, UL Solution Inc., Mobile Health Consumer Inc., Sapphire Health Solutions, COPE Occupational Health Service Ltd.

North America is expected to lead the market during the forecast period.

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