Occupational Health

Nowadays, all businesses have an increasing number of responsibilities in relation to the health of their employees and to the workplace. They will often require assistance in order to discharge those obligations.

As the responsibilities of businesses has become more defined in law and stringent in delivery, the need for experienced medical advice has increased.

At The Health Station we can provide occupational health services from doctors qualified and experienced in occupational medicine.

There are four areas in which we can help you

  • Statutory examinations
  • Risk reduction
  • HR support
  • Health promotion

Statutory examinations are those which are required to provide surveillance for employees whose work places them in an "at risk" category. For example, the Noise at Work regulations impose upon employers the obligation to measure ambient noise in the workplace, and provide "controls" for employees whose work places them in locations were ambient noise is above the action line.

Other statutory examinations include surveillance of the skin (for employees whose work brings them into contact with skin toxic substances such as machine oil), and hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) for employees whose work brings them into contact with vibrating tools.

Risk reduction arises where an employer seeks to ensure that an employee is fit to undertake their work, or to keep them safe while doing so. For example, workers in North Sea oilrigs, underground workers in Local Authorities, or workers in health or social care whose work brings them into contact with hepatitis B virus.

In all of these cases, an employer may wish to demonstrate that they have reduced the risk for their employees by making assessments of, respectively, overall fitness, respiratory fitness for using breathing apparatus, and the provision of hepatitis B vaccine.

HR processes often require occupational health support. For example, a company's policies designed to address employees with a poor attendance record, or who are absent on long-term sickness may (indeed should) require medical evidence. Such employees can receive a medical examination, from which a report for the HR consultant contributes to a plan of management. This area would also include pre-employment assessment.

Employers may need assistance in considering the Disability Discrimination Act, which places upon employers an obligation to identify employees who may be disabled (and the definition is very wide) and to make "reasonable adjustments" in the workplace to accommodate them.

Health promotion in the workplace is becoming more common, though is still a minority activity. Making an assessment of the employee's general fitness, and offering intervention when risk factors are identified makes a positive contribution to the health in the workplace, to the satisfaction of employees, and to their productivity. Such services are usually nurse delivered. In addition, there may be specific issues which an employee are wishes to address, such as smoking cessation, or the management of occupational stress.

Classification of Occupational Health Services

Classification of Occupational Health

What can The Health Station provide?

We wish to become a valued friend and colleague to your business, someone to whom you can turn to for advice when problems arise.