February 4, 2020
Occupational Health services help employers keep staff physically and mentally well at work.
Businesses generally buy Occupational Health services from external providers when needed.
Occupational Health professionals support employers in managing and supporting employees with medical conditions or disabilities.
This may include advising on:
Occupational health appointments usually take place at an employee’s workplace, or at the external provider.
The 3 main aims of occupational health are to assist employers with:
You should refer an employee where:
To get the best advice from Occupational Health, they need to understand the employee’s role and your business. The referral will need to use their own referral process and include enough details for an assessment to be made:
You will need consent from the employee for an Occupational Health referral.
You must discuss the reason for the referral with your employee and, where possible, seek their signed consent. If they can’t sign due to absence, clarify the process to be followed with your external Occupational Health provider. General best practice would be to send a copy by post before forwarding the referral to Occupational Health.
Before requesting a referral, you should also agree with your employee who will need to see the Occupational Health report.
An Occupational Health advisor may wish to speak to an employee’s GP, consultant or disability advisor. Again, you must get your employee’s consent in advance.
If the employee withholds consent, ensure this is documented for future reference. Continue to follow your sickness absence policy and management decisions can be made based on the information you have at that time.
After referral, an initial assessment will take around 45 minutes. The assessment aims to identify an employee’s fitness to perform the job.
Assessment may be over the phone, or face to face. A visual assessment of an employee’s workplace may also be needed.
Occupational Health may also liaise directly with the employer for further clarification.
Occupational Health reports are advisory only.
The content of a report will depend on:
Medical details are usually only shared when necessary for managing the employee in their work, or when they have given their informed consent for the disclosure.
The report may provide information on:
Occupational Health can keep employees in work, maximise attendance and equip them to do their job to the best of their ability.
They help employers to fairly address any issues and fulfill their legal obligations for staff health and wellbeing.
Obtaining independent medical advice demonstrates that a fair process has been followed and supports any management decisions which are made.
Occupational Health services help employees suffering from work-related injuries or ill health. They can confidentially discuss medical worries or health-related work difficulties.
If you need advice on working with Occupational Health Services, contact Debbie today. 07885 370054 or email email@example.com.