HeathRowMedical – Occupational Health Services are now gaining business skills such as cost-benefit analysis (CBA), which can be used to sell OH services or gain funding for changes or expansion. The main goal of most companies is to increase profits, then it would be logical to say the best way to encourage companies to utilize Occupational Health services to their fullest, is to make it financially attractive. Companies are affected by increased cost including employers’ liability insurance premiums, sick absence and claims on pension funds for early retirement due to ill-health. The occupational health departments will increasingly be measured in the same way as any other department within the organisation and will have to demonstrate the quality of the service it provides.
With regards to sickness absence management, I would like to give example of how appropriate return to work strategy can save companies substantial costs, whilst increasing a good company reputation. Looking at monthly sickness rates over a variety of industries, it became apparent that there are vast variations. Results suggested from 2% to over 10% giving an average of 6%. So to use occupational health services to reduce sickness absence by a percentage or two can be very cost affective.
Direct costs are not easily quantifiable as they relate to many factors including out-goings for sick pay and the overheads associated with organising temporary cover and overtime payments to name a few. These expenses are just the tip of the iceberg as they do not take into account management time in arranging this cover nor the effect of reduced productivity. These indirect costs are likely to be higher than the direct outlay. Occupational Health Services have a lot to offer employers, and Occupational Health Advisors can have a vital important role here. Although management own the problem, Occupational Health practitioners have an appreciation of the many factors underpinning both work and non-work-related ill-health. To be most effective, the Occupational Health Advisor should be proactive and have positive influence in resolving an individual’s ill-health in relation to work.
HEATHROW MEDICAL – If you are a small business or a larger conglomerate; private or public sector, Occupational Health Services can help. A little investment can go a long way.
Occupational Health Services usually includes the following:
Pre-Employment Screening to ensure that potential employees are suitable for the role.
Regular Health Screening to make sure that you maintain the optimum workforce but gives added business benefits. It gives you the ability to promote this fact to existing customers and also you can provide a solid foundation based on fact to secure new customers. Why would a new customer go to a competitor when they can be assured that the new supplier has a very happy, healthy and productive team of workers?
Provision of regular monitoring and reporting as you would expect from a professional company of specialists.
A reputable provider will minimise the impact of stress, and demonstrate that you have taken all reasonable steps to ensure a healthy working environment.
A well-designed occupational health service will protect against litigation. E.g. workers exposed to chemicals, noise or other pollutants require regular screening.
Professional service providers will deliver value for money through using technology. Whilst being of a size and scale to be able to provide face-to-face services, you will get a better return from a company who has utilised technology such as video and telephone conferencing facilities.
If you are a national company you should ensure that the specialist Occupational Health Company has specialists on hand around the UK rather than being confined to a specific geographical region. There are a large number of diverse occupational health services available to help you, for example in the form of consultancies, trainers or providers of Occupational health services. The easiest way to access these resources is through an online Occupational Health Services Directory. The OHS Directory is the first “comprehensively available source of information that is easily accessible to employers, human resources and occupational healthcare professionals who work in the field of employee health.” It provides a gateway to these and many more services, and thus provides a valuable facility for the business community.
HeathrowMedical – It has been announced by the government of UK regarding the application of a new independent evaluation and advisory service to help the sick employees getting back to work. In result this would be a government run occupational health service.
It has been noticed for quite some time that when employees get sick for more than four weeks, it can be that they are off work for long time, occupational health services can assist with the situation helping out with much needed advice and a protection to employers should ultimately they be faced with a possible employment tribunal if the employee is discharged.
The first step that needs to be taken is by scheduling a meeting with employee at their home, or the company or at a neutral place. They should have a family member with them while the meeting is being conducted, so that they can feel secured and not discouraged. The employer should be cooperative with companies needs to find out more details about their health with the help of occupational health services. If the employer is not interested to sign any then he would fall under the Access to Medical Records Act 1988 that will authorize the occupational health advisor to contact their GP then they will be made fully aware of the situation about the fact that, if they are absent for more than four weeks then the company will have the authorisation to terminate them.
Occupational Health Services can be used to regulate whether the employee is protected by the Equality Act 2010 in terms of disability and whether any reasonable adjustments need to be made. They can help with the assessment on the forecast of the likelihood of return to work perhaps recommending a phased return.They will produce a written report that is shared with the employee, which will provide the basis of a next meeting with the employee with a view to getting them back to work.Their service can also be invaluable with cases of intermittent absences example Monday/Friday syndrome. They can help decide whether an employee is “swinging the lead” or may have a genuine underlying problem.
HEATHROWMEDICAL – There has been two major health issues for employees in the working atmosphere. Firstly it is the sickness absence and secondly it is the health problems caused by working.Occupational health services helps the employees to stay fit in their physical and mental health while they are spending time in their workplace. It is one of the best practices for all companies to give continual health screening just to make sure that employees are not experiencing any unwanted physical strain that might cause illness. Sickness and stress are the two most important reasons that staffs have longer periods of time absent from work.
Screening of regular health services is a nice way to showcase health and fitness in the company. Companies can also introduce stress management counselling which will help them in getting more fit employees rather than making it less due to sick leave. There is proverb which say prevention is better than cure and this perfectly suits with occupational health services, and as companies are bound to look after the employees’ health issues, this is the perfect way to ensure that the employees are happy and healthy. It has noticed that, if a company is taking good care of the employees and making sure that they happy and healthy automatically it reflects on the production of the company, which is obvious what each and every company wants.
Occupational health services should be used with a common sense, such as in big companies it is very much possible that accidents would occur. And to make sure that the employees and staffs are safe, this services is mandatory in these companies. The working atmosphere is quite dangerous and employees have to work there in risk. By having this service, they can feel more secure.
Occupational health services is very much important for companies and they should impose this service in their firm. As because if the employees aren’t secure and healthy, there will lack of production and instead of earning profits, you will go in losses.