Occupational Health is a valuable part of looking after your workforce and ensuring compliance with both best practice and with legislation.
The management of sickness absence is a crucial function in any organisation and Occupational Health support and advice is often a valuable part of that function – helping absence be managed appropriately and advising on necessary adjustments to be made on return to work is key. Similarly managing concerns regarding with performance, which may have a health dimension is clearly important and are likely to require specialist advice.
Recruiting the right people into your team is a multifaceted process but confirming that those you recruit are fit to do the role and are not at risk of developing problems as a result of their work is a key part of that process. An Occupational Health Provider can design a suitable assessment program, related to role and attendant risks, to support recruitment.
Within manufacturing and engineering environment there may be a range of hazards including, metalworking fluids, paints, solvents, welding fume etc, all of which require careful management. Health surveillance, regular health checks on those undertaking certain processes, is a vital part of that management in ensuring that such hazards are under good control and ensuring robust compliance with Health and safety legislation.
Musculoskeletal problems in the workplace are very common and are an important contributor to performance difficulties and sickness absence. Specialist ergonomic assessments are available to look at particular processes, for example in repetitive manufacturing or assembly work, to help in the design of the work and contribute to product quality and performance together with minimising health risks.
Those employees who undertake specific tasks such as drivers, working in confined spaces or at heights need particular attention to their fitness to undertake their role. An Occupational Health assessment will help make sure that those employees are fit and hence reduce any risks to themselves, plant and others
Occupational Health can also improve the well-being of your staff – for example wellness based health checks are not only an important opportunity to promote health and well-being but are also valued by the employees and an important part of developing an engaged workforce.
A comprehensive assessment of the risks facing an organisation and developing a tailor-made service aligned to the organisations activities and their values is a beneficial function of a responsive Occupational Health service bringing cost savings, risk reduction and improved staff wellbeing and engagement
Dr Tony Mawson
Consultant Occupational Physician
Director, Organisational HealthCare Ltd