Occupational Health - 5 Questions Frequently Asked By Employers

Occupational Health – 5 Questions Frequently Asked By Employers


1. Why is my employee unfit for duty?

There could be various reasons why an employee is declared unfit for duty, ranging from a fear of heights to severe hypertension. There are also different categories, including: fit with limitations, temporarily or permanently unfit for duty. Your Occupational Health Professional will be able to tell you whether your employee is fit for duty or not. Primary Healthcare conditions that are not related to Occupational Health will not be divulged as this information is confidential. However, the Service Provider must inform you of any medical conditions that may affect the employee’s ability to carry out their duties while still maintaining confidentiality.

2. What kind of medical should be done on my employees?

The type of medical required varies from company to company as companies have different exposures and SHEQ requirements. If you are a contractor you should get this information from the site you’ll be working at to avoid your medicals not being accepted as well as facing unexpected additional costs.

3. How long is my Medical Certificate valid for?

This depends on what the employee is exposed to and to what degree. A company’s policies can also affect the frequency of medicals. Be sure to ask your Occupational Healthcare provider for clarity on this as well as a date for when the next medical is due.

4. What do I do if my employee is declared temporarily unfit?

An employee will remain temporarily unfit until the condition that rendered him unfit is controlled or corrected. The employee is responsible for his/her medical costs unless it is due to an injury on duty or an Occupational Health disease. The employee could be placed in an alternative position if he meets the criteria in the alternative position. The employee is prohibited from working onsite or carrying out duties for which he is unfit. Doing so would put the employee, his/her colleagues and the employer at risk. In order to resume his duties, the employee must first be reassessed by an Occupational Health practitioner or Occupational Medical Practitioner as required and declared fit for duty.

5. Why are pre-employment & exit medicals Important?

Pre-employment and exit medicals serve to protect both the employee and the company. Pre-employment medicals ensure that the employee can safely perform a job and is fit for duty. Exit medicals ensure that the employee leaves with a clean bill of health, limiting the company’s future risk and ensuring that liability resides with the right party.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast Cancer Awareness Feature

October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer can start in any part of the breast and it can manifest in various ways:

Invasive or infiltrating ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer. It starts in the breast ducts and then penetrates the duct’s wall to reach the fatty tissue of the breast.

Invasive or inflitrating lobular carcinoma is the second most common form of breast cancer. This kind begins in the terminal ducts of the milk-production glands.

Medullary carcinoma is a type of breast cancer that accounts for only 3 – 5% of all breast cancer cases. Women with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer are more likely to develop this kind of cancer.

Little known fact: 1% of all breast cancer patients are men.

Be cautious – Go for a breast examination!

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