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What is occupational services?

Keeping the workforce healthy and safe by ensuring that the work environment is risk free.

 

  • Increasing productivity.
  • Controlling of absenteeism
  • Controlling of costs

 

  • Safety in the workplace
  • Hygiene in the workplace
  • Good facilities in the workplace
  • Emergency care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Employee assistance program [e.g. occupational stress]

 

  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act No 85 of 1993 requires that the workplace environment be safe and healthy for the employee and the employer.
  • The Workman’s Compensation Act No 30 of 1941 for occupational injuries and disease makes provision for medical cover and compensation for injuries and disease acquired at the workplace. An occupational nurse, Sr M J Coetzee,has been appointed to initiate this process.

To initiate this process the following organizational infrastructure is needed:

  • An Occupational Health Nurse that is qualified in OHN.
  • An Occupational Health Doctor [part time] qualified in OHN.
  • An Administrator Risk Officer with a diploma in health and safety who is accredited by the Department of Labour.
  • An Occupational Hygienist. (An outside company can be made use of for this service)

 

Consultative services:

  • Advice on the management of safety and hygiene, fitness for work and fitness for duty.
  • Continuous assessment of the influence the work processes may have on the employee’s health.

Hazard education:

  • the storage and handling of chemicals according to legal requirements,
  • First aid measures in handling hazardous substances etc. as stated in the Material Safety Data Sheets
  • to monitor exposure to risk e.g. noise
  • wearing of protective equipment

Medical screenings will be done annually or as required by law

  • Pre-placement
  • Periodic screening
  • Exit medical when an employee leaves the institution.
  • Driver and diver medicals
  • Foodhandler examinations.
  • Managing of Injury on Duty cases
  • Rehabilitation after injury on duty or disease

Education

  • Health and safety and fitness for work education.

Administrative function

  • Compilation and interpretation of statistical data
  • Absenteeism management

Workplace inspections

  • Regular walkthroughs and inspection in conjunction with the safety department on hygiene and the wearing of personal protective equipment.

Biological monitoring i.e. blood tests as required by law on employees exposed to hazardous chemicals.

We have started with this long term process, but will need the cooperation of each and every employer, employee and student to make a success of this process so as to maintain an effective service!

 

October is here and it is time for our annual Breast cancer awareness campaign.

  • Have you checked your breasts recently? (Males can also get cancer of the breast.)
  • Warning signs such as pain, lumps, discharges and skin changes should be followed up as soon as possible.

The 3 steps to breast health are:

  • Monthly self -examination
  • Yearly physician’s examination
  • Mammograms (especially after age 35)

We have organized for Ms H van der Spuy to come to our campus again. She will be doing a physical examination of the breast and a Thermogram (this can detect early changes in breast tissue!)

This year she will only be able to see clients on the following dates: 7, 9, and 11 October at Campus Health Service.

The cost is R65.00 cash paid directly to Ms van der Spuy.

As she can only accommodate +/-15 staff members please book as soon as possible at Tel. 2174. (Please mention if you have had previous examinations as Mrs Van der Spuy needs to bring those records with her.)

 

For more information about breast cancer please read previous Healthdesks on our Intranet.

Breast Cancer Month

What can you expect to get?

What are the Legal requirements?

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Who needs occupational health services?

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