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Here's the 411 on what the law says about occupational medicals

by , 26 August 2014
If your employees work with dangerous equipment or do hazardous work, you need to ensure they're aware and fit to do the work. This is where occupational medicals come in.

These enable you to check your employees' fitness, health and mental alertness. After all, if your employee is sick and weak, he may not be able to operate the machine or do his job safely.

But are these medicals just for industrial workers? Are you allowed to do them on other employees?

There are a lot of questions around this topic and, today, we're going to answer some of them...

 

Here are the answers to your occupational medical questions

 
According to SheqAfrica.com, occupational medicals aren't limited to employees working in workshops, manufacturing plant and construction sites.
 
The reason for this is because these aren't the only employees that face dangers.
 
For example, a security guard on a chemical plant may not work anywhere near the chemicals, but may still come into contact with them. This can happen simply through chemical pollution in the work environment.
 
By doing occupational medicals on employees, such as this security guard, you can cover yourself and ensure his job isn't making him sick.
 
But before you start to draw up a plan for your occupational medicals, you must know about the three different types.
 
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These are the three different types of occupational medicals

 
Pre-employment occupational medical: This doesn't only apply to new employees, but also an employee moving from a non-hazardous environment to a hazardous one.
 
Exit occupational medical: This also doesn't apply only to those individuals leaving the company, but employees moving from a hazardous to a non-hazardous environment.
 
Annual medicals: These you simply do on all your employees who may face exposure to risks in their day-to-day work.
 
Now that you know the 411 on occupational medicals, create a plan to do them in your workplace. This way, you can ensure your employees are healthy and can do their jobs safely.


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1 comments


Nicolette 2014-09-01 14:32:24

Good day

Could you please assist me. I work for a company that has employed about 100 employees. We are a manufacturing company and the CEO refuses to do medicals with any employees as he states it is to expensive. So what I have done has written a medical questionair that must be fille in by every employee bore he can commence any work on our premises, what does the OSH Act say about this?

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