Occupational Health and Health Surveillance
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH - MEDICAL REFERRAL, HEALTH SURVEILLANCE AND PHYSIOTHERAPY
PAM have advised that from the 16th of March 2020 they will be reducing the risk of continuing with face to face contact with our employees, and implementing current health care advice, by temporarily moving to a remote service model (telephone or Skype consultations). This means
- Still encourage managers to make referrals for case management i.e. Business as Usual,
- Expect case referrals to be switched to tele consultations,
- PAM will work through appointments that are already planned and move as many of these to telephone appointments as possible.
- PAM will be doing the same for Physiotherapy Services
- PAM will work with Tina/other contacts to reschedule routine Health Surveillance
- Some medicals and interventions (e.g. role critical medicals HGV etc) may proceed via face to face appointment
- PAM have been keeping us up-to-date and will continue to do so
- We need to ensure that there is a contact telephone number for the employee for all referrals
Occupational health risk generally concerns employee ill-health caused or made worse by work. Poor workplace controls can cause a severe and life-changing condition or disability, and may arise from an acute (sudden) cause, or (more often the case) from cumulative effects over time, leading to a chronic condition.
Occupational health risk is relevant to many of the Council’s work activities and must be given proper consideration at Directorate and Service-level via health and safety risk profiling and risk assessment processes.
Occupational health risk issues include:
(This list is not exhaustive)
- Musculo-skeletal disorders
- Work-related stress
- Occupational asthma
- Noise induced hearing loss
- Occupational dermatitis, sensitisation or other skin disorder
- Respiratory damage, asthma or sensitisation
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Some of the above issues are discussed further in these pages. Please contact the Corporate Health and Safety Team for more information or advice.
The Council’s general arrangements for fulfilling our occupational health surveillance obligations are further described at our health surveillance information page.