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An Occupational Health Assessment is a confidential conversation between an individual and a health professional.
These screenings are important to determine an employee's ability to carry out the duties required of them in their role.
Staff members may need a health check either before starting a new role or returning to work after an extended period off.
An occupational health check is the term used to describe health screenings required by an employer. It's used to prevent and reduce work-related injuries.
In most cases, it can determine if an employee is well suited to a particular role. For example, roles that involve physical abilities like heavy lifting will require a health check.
An initial conversation with a consultant can take up to 45 minutes. At this point, they'll collect all the relevant information needed to give an informed opinion. There'll also be a review at the end of the initial consultation that'll need an extra 30 minutes.
They’ll ask about any pre-existing conditions as well as any treatment they might be receiving. As well as any difficulties arising from the work being undertaken and any activities out of work that they’re involved with.
In some cases, the health professional may require more information about an employee’s health history. If so, they’ll need to explain why they need said information.
They’ll also need the individual to sign a consent form that allows them to approach a GP or hospital specialist.
Following the assessment, the health professional will send a certificate of fitness for work. This will detail the employee’s ability to work and proposals for any job modifications or adjustments to support them in the workplace. No medical information will be included.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) identified eight factors that they class as risks to our health. During the initial consultation, the specialist may inquire about any of the following:
Depending on your company, industry, and regulations, these occupational health services serve various purposes including:
Employee health screening comes in different forms including:
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