Occupational Health Care
In South Africa, organisations must comply with the Occupational Health & Safety Act No. 85 of 1993 and the mining industry with the Mine Health & Safety Act 29 of 1996 respectively.
The purpose of Occupational Health Care Interventions is primarily concerned with the protection, safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment as well as any visitors to the work site. This includes health and safety practices that may impact on the environment. The idea is to implement Best Practice for least impact and sustainability for health / safety of people and surrounds as well as the protection of the environment.
Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)
A HIRA is conducted by a specially trained Occupational Hygienist who has specialised equipment to measure, amongst others, illumination, noise, dust, ergonomics, air quality, etc. They report risks per Homogenous Zones (HEG) to ensure that a Medical Surveillance Screen is conducted according to risk exposure.
Unique Health then conduct medical surveillance screening tests in line with risk exposures measured in a Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment (HIRA)
Medical Surveillance Screening
UH has a fixed Occupational Health Care Clinic at our office based in Roodepoort, Gauteng and we deliver services on-site as well. This entails providing staff, specialised equipment and consumables meeting all regulations and requirements.
The following frequency of tests are required:
- Base Line Medical (on entry to employment) – important to establish base line to limit risk based on previous exposures
- Annual Medicals – important to identify any deterioration, provide intervention which may include time weighted average to exposures in order to sustain health. Follow-ups may be necessary.
- Exit medicals – on termination of employment or project in order to limit risk exposures to the period of employment.
The service is conducted by a team of medically trained practitioners which includes:
- Occupational Trained Medical Doctor (DOH)
- Occupational Trained Nurses
- Radiologists / Radiographers
- Technicians, for Audiometry / Lung Function, etc.
OHC Medical Surveillance Screening and Management includes:
- Medical History
- Physical Examination (includes Height / Weight / BMI / Urine)
- Chest X-Ray
- Lung Function
- Keystone Vision – for depth & acuity
- And/or any other additional test identified in the HIRA e.g. lead screening
- Driver Medicals (PRDP – Public Road Driver Permit)
UH provides a non-core skill by managing on-site clinics offering primary and occupational health care on behalf of employers to sustain the health and well-being of staff. This improves productivity by eliminating the necessity of staff going to other medical professionals to obtain care or treatment.
Service needs and frequency are defined by the number and demographics of employees on site.
Medication can be supplied according to a formulary.
Wellness Days / Health Risk Assessments
UH conducts wellness days on behalf of employers. This usually includes the following tests:
Blood Pressure, BMI (Body Mass Index), Rapid Glucose, Rapid Cholesterol, etc. These tests may identify medical health risk. The nurse/s conducting these tests may refer or provide medical coaching or education to improve the health of the employee.
The employer can be provided with statistical data in order to manage and prepare for health risk of employees.
UH can conduct HCT (HIV Counselling and Testing) on site with referrals on behalf of employer groups. We can also extensively manage the whole intervention process including treatment if required. We can combine services with an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
UH offers Executive Medicals – the purpose is to establish health risk of senior members of staff; they are privately coached by medical professionals to sustain health which may include medical and lifestyle interventions, thus sustaining their productivity and that of the business. A Registered Nurse can call on the executive in the workplace to conduct an Executive Medical.
UH contracts with companies to conduct unscheduled Random Drug Screening as a protective mechanism for the company, to eliminate risk of injuries in the workplace – especially those working with heavy duty equipment or driving vehicles.
We can also get called in to conduct specific testing for substance abuse in the event of a disciplinary.
Travel Medicals including preventative immunisations can also be arranged and administered.
UH offers flu vaccines to groups at your site.