Occupational health assessments OccuMed can arrange an Occupational Health assessment or examination with a subsequent management report for your employees throughout the UAE. We have OH Advisors & Doctors located in all the major towns & cities who we can call upon at short notice to conduct an Occupational Health Assessment or Medical for you. We are happy to arrange a single referral for a member of staff or to set-up a larger medical referral programme. We can also arrange for the Occupational Health referral to be carried out at work, at the employee's home or at the Occupational Health Doctor's premises.
So whether you require one or more referrals, a workplace Occupational Health Assessment, a home visit or wish to send an employee to see an Occupational Health Physician we are in a position to help you.The Occupational Health Assessment process is essentially very simple:
We are happy to arrange for these Occupational Health reports as either part of a larger contract or simply as a one-off arrangement. So please do contact us to discuss your requirements on
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.
When should it be organised?
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.
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When sending an employee for an Occupational Health Assessment or Independent Medical Assessment part of the process is to get the employee's consent. There are 2 different consents that need to be gained from the employee. However should you or the Doctor look to seek an opinion or report from the employee's GP or other specialist at any stage then another consent form is required.
This is the responsibility of the employer. Essentially the employer needs to get the agreement of the employee to attend an appointment. We would recommend that the employer talks through why they would like the member of staff to attend and what they hope to achieve by the referral. Larger employers tend to have their own consent form which they get their employees to sign to say they understand and are happy to attend. Should you not have such a consent form then OccuMed can easily supply one as part of the Occupational Health Referral Service.
This is the responsibility of the Occupational Health Physician. As part of the assessment process the Doctor should explain that they are going to generate a report for sharing with the employee's Management and generally what that report will say. At this stage the Doctor will seek consent to release such a report. This 'informed' consent can take three forms:
Should an employee wish to amend a report before it is released then they have the right to suggest amendments regarding "facts" but not the Doctors opinion.
At any stage of an Occupational Health Referral either the employer or the Doctor may think getting a report direct from the employee's GP or other specialist will add value to the process. If this is the case then another distinct consent is required (consent to access medical records).
An employee can withhold their consent at any stage of the process and cannot be compelled to proceed. If this is the case then we would advise that the employer makes their best endeavour to persuade the employee to proceed. Failing this then the employee should be clearly informed that Management will have to proceed using only their current knowledge and without any expert medical opinion. This should be clearly documented.
Occupational Health Assessment – FAQs
occupational health faqsIs an OH Assessment independent?
The assessment is invariably paid for by the employer and is geared to offering the employer appropriate advice and addressing any specific Management concerns raised at the referral stage. However the Doctor will conduct the referral and produce a report in a totally neutral manner.
Is the report biased?
The Doctor will conduct the assessment and produce the report in a dispassionate and neutral manner. However the Doctor will probably not have the full background details of the issue and will have to rely upon the information provided beforehand, observations during the consultation/examination and what the subject tells them.
There can be two different views (those of employer and employee) of an issue and clearly the employee will talk through their perception of the issue in great detail and this invariably may mean the report does not necessarily correlate with employer's perception. It is therefore important at the initial referral stage for the employer to explain their concerns.
Does the Doctor have access to any medical records?
The Doctor only has access to what is available and provided at the referral stage or anything the subject may take along to the consultation.
Should the Doctor need access to medical records then they will have to follow a set procedure to gain access to them which includes getting written consent from the subject. Essentially it is the same procedure that, for example, HR may use to get a GP report. additional time and cost would be incurred.
Are Doctor's recommendations binding?
Recommendations are not binding and are simply recommendations. It is for the employer to assess whether the recommendations are practical and reasonable to implement for their organisation and circumstances. However the advice is given by an expert medical professional and an employer should give them serious consideration.
If an employee is lying especially about an illness with variable or no obvious outward symptoms then a 30-60 minute consultation will not, realistically, be the best option to confirm an issue or not. If you have any serious doubt then we would suggest you seek a report directly from the employees GP.
Many illnesses can take weeks or even months, a battery of tests and require specialist consultants to be officially diagnosed. An Occupational Health Assessment is simply not meant for this purpose; its primary aim is to educate and inform Management about the situation.
In short, an employee cannot be compelled to attend an OH assessment. It is therefore essential to fully explain to and engage your employee in why you wish to go down this route and what you want to achieve by doing so.
We would recommend that you try your best to encourage your employee to attend. Thereafter you need to explain clearly that any Managements decisions you will be making will therefore have to be made without expert medical advice.
It would be advisable that this is all clearly documented.
sickness absence OccuMed Occupational Health can help you reduce the disruption, loss of productivity and general management time wasted dealing with sickness absence issues. We can help to facilitate the much faster return-to-work of your employees after a spell of sickness absence than otherwise would be the case if things were left to run their own course. The early intervention of one of our highly experience Occupational Health professionals, be it an Occupational Health Advisor or an Occupational Health Physician, can produce rapid results.A sickness absence referral can lead in many directions such as:
However, of course, there are often cases of serious illnesses that cannot be tackled quickly and for these cases a sickness absence review will:
With this knowledge you can then engage with the employee and offer support in an appropriate manner, plan ahead with some confidence and not be wondering what is going to happen every time a sick note is produced.
We offer a full range of sickness absence services from telephone consultations and one-off referrals through to regular on-site consultations, case management and sickness absence policy development.
So contact us today to see how we can help you.
Sickness cost of Absence from work cost the UK economy £13.2 billion as the average employee took almost seven (6.7) days off sick (source CBI, 2008 survey). The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (source CIPD's 2009 Absence Management survey) estimate that sickness absence costs £666 per employee per year and averaged 6.4 days per employee; giving an average cost of just over £100/day
At just £100/day this estimate probably under estimates all the extra unquantifiable costs such as Management time, loss of productivity, increased overtime or contractor levels, etc….
Even at this low estimate of £100/day, a quick calculation will show how the cost of absence can soon spirals upward. If we take the above figures and assume a company of 100 people then the cost at:
With higher than average absence levels the financial justification for investing in an OH service is straightforward. In the above example, if you could reduce absence by just 1% then this would generate an annual saving of circa £20k. This saving would more than pay for OccuMed's services!
It is recognised within the medical profession and beyond, that early assessment, diagnosis and medical intervention aids early return-to-work! So if you are going to do something do it now, not in two or three months time!
OccuMed Clinic Occupational Health is experienced in all aspects of Sickness Absence Management and we can help. Working together we can get your employees back to work quickly, productively and safely.