An Occupational Health Assessment is a medical examination performed by an Occupational Health Physician with an aim of addressing questions raised by the employer. Its primary aim is to advise management regarding the employee's health issue and to make recommendations on what adjustments could be considered to ensure a safe/healthy working environment for that employee. It can also be an assessment of somebody's fitness to work.
Each Occupational Health report will be tailored to the employee and situation but it can include advice on the medical condition itself, symptoms, prognosis, likelihood of recovery, what adjustments could be considered, and similar. The aim of the report is to inform Management and give them an expert medical opinion and sufficient information to enable them to make any onward decisions with appropriate knowledge.
An occupational Health assessment is NOT normally intended for diagnosis or treatment purposes though in some cases the Doctor could make suggestions for the employee to discuss with their own medical practitioners.
There is no fixed best time to organise an Occupational Health Assessment. Each situation should be treated on its own merits. An assessment can be organised at anytime including:
A single one–off assessment is normally sufficient for most employees but for more serious illnesses then it may be appropriate to keep the employee under regular review.
Note: The above applies to Occupational Health Assessments carried out by a Doctor and also applies to those conducted by an Occupational Health nurse advisor.
Please click the following for more information regarding
* The Occupational Health Assessment Process
* Employee Consent to an Occupational Assessment
* Occupational Health Assessment - Frequently Asked Questions
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