Obtaining a medical fitness certificate may be necessary following an illness to ensure the employee is fit for duty.

You may also conduct a pre-employment assessment to ensure that the employee is fit for duty before employment begins.

An employee's health should be checked on a regular basis to prevent deterioration.

This statement can serve as proof that the employee works in a safe, healthy environment.

Why is a medical certificate of fitness important?

  • Employees Working at Heights; Construction Workers
  • Food Handlers
  • Factory Workers
  • Waiters and Cooks
  • Drivers; Forklift drivers, crane operators, and general drivers

Who requires a Medical Certificate of Fitness?

Promotion of wellness:

This will enable the organization to maintain a medical surveillance program for its employees, encourage personal responsibility for health care, and help reduce absenteeism caused by illness.

 

Prevention of occupational injuries and diseases:

To monitor risks in the workplace and contribute to reducing occupational injuries and diseases.

A clinical service must provide both emergency and urgent Primary Care services as well as monitoring for chronic conditions.

Occupational Hygiene is responsible for identifying and recognizing workplace hazards, (including chemical, physical, psychosocial, biological, mechanical, and ergonomic). Additionally, the practitioner will make recommendations for control, monitoring, and evaluating risks.

 

Consultation Services the Occupational Health Service provides advice on occupational health issues to individuals working within an organization, e.g., management, labor, unions; and to persons outside the workplace, e.g., non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, referral centers, and other health institutions.

Administration involves the development and maintenance of an information management system, as well as statutory records and reports.

 

Research to evaluate the effectiveness of occupational health services, and to examine developments in occupational health trends, occupational health services must be involved in relevant research.

 

Special Initiatives: There may be times when certain health needs arise among the workforce. These needs will be addressed in special Initiatives e.g. for vulnerable groups as well as HIV/AIDS, and the chronic diseases of lifestyle.

 

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